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Field Worker - End of Day Threshing Straw for Making Grass Mats

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Threshing


Virtually all field work in Vietnam is performed by hand, as can be seen by these farmers separating rice from straw with a very simple motorized threshing machine.

Over my many visits to Vietnam, I have never seen a tractor being used to plough a field. To my knowledge, water buffalos are still used exclusively for ploughing. Planting and cutting is done by hand. The only tractors I have seen are what look like old modified small lawn & garden tractors with their back end removed and hitched to a trailer mounted threshing machine like this. Sometimes they are instead hitched to a low trailer for hauling produce. Look for the open engine and steering wheel on the left side of the photo.




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hide photo detail info location: Rural Area | shooting date: 2002-02-14 | camera: Minolta 700si 35mm | lens: Minolta 100 f2.8 Macro | aperture: f/5.6 | support: Handheld

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