Workshop Note

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In Vietnam, farmers harvest manually: one hand accumulating a panicle stem by stem to proper size and hold it, another hand cutting off the stalks with a sickle, 10 cm below the panicle so as to leave straw in the field in amounts large enough to produce grazing for cattle. In order to perform the task, they bend down whole day long, and focus their vision on the area less than one-yard radius. To harvest large area with sickles is the required time remains high: 100 to 200 man-hours per ha for cutting and stocking.

Not only Vietnam suffers loss of seed production, the country also takes the toll for heavy losses during rice harvest, as recently pointed out by Former PM Vő Văn Kiệt: ”The heavy loss and poor quality of Vietnamese rice is also a result of poor application of machines in agricultural production.”

[Photo taken in 03-09-2005 in Mekong Delta, Vietnam]
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