Photographer's Note

Barefooted, and wearing hats (some wearing native rattan hats) to help protect themselves from the sun's heat, farmers in Nueva Vizcaya plant rice. They plant rice following straight lines, in this way, sufficient space, water and soil is evenly provided to each rice seedling; this will also make it easier for farmers to cut them down during harvest time. It's a back-breaking activity as they have to do it in a bent
position all day.

The farmers usually work in groups, each having his own area of responsibility. Planting is almost complete for this particular field, afterwhich they'll transfer to another unplanted/empty field to continue their work.

Nueva Vizcaya is located in the northern part of the Philippines, where farming/agriculture is the no. 1 means of livelihood.

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Additional Photos by Alford Ronduen (alford) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 763 W: 42 N: 1007] (4063)
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