This is the harcest of floating rice in Cambodia as I returned to Phnum Kraom after two years. Due to the poverty, many Cambodian children don't go to school. They are either subjected to child trafficking to serve sex industry, or victims of landmines, or joint their family workforce.
I photographed these children as they camped over the ricefield near Tonle Sap Great Lake with their parent and siblings, to harvest floating rice. They set camps right on the fields and stay several days and nights, until the grains are ready to be transported home and seeding for next harvest is done.
Cambodia has two rice crops each year, a monsoon-season crop (long-cycle) and a dry-season crop. The major monsoon crop is planted in late May through July, when the first rains of the monsoon season begin to inundate and soften the land. Rice shoots are transplanted from late June through September. The main harvest is usually gathered six months later, in December. The dry-season crop is smaller, and it takes less time to grow (three months from planting to harvest). It is planted in November in areas that have trapped or retained part of the monsoon rains, and it is harvested in January or February. The dry-season crop seldom exceeds 15 percent of the total annual production.
In addition to these two regular crops, peasants plant floating rice in April and in May in the areas around the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), which floods and expands its banks in September or early October. Before the flooding occurs, the seed is spread on the ground without any preparation of the soil, and the floating rice is harvested nine months later, when the stems have grown to three or four meters in response to the peak of the flood (the floating rice has the property of adjusting its rate of growth to the rise of the flood waters so that its grain heads remain above water). It has a low yield, probably less than half that of most other rice types, but it can be grown inexpensively on land for which there is no other use.
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8582)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-19
- Categories: Food
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200 F4 L, SanDisk Ultra II 2Gg
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Rice is Life /2/, R I C E — my endless lesson [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-19 2:39