• Short Summary

    RICE -- THE STAPLE FOOD OF MALAYSIA, IS BEING GROWN IN ABUNDANCE. THE MALAYSIAN CENTRAL?

  • Description

    RICE -- THE STAPLE FOOD OF MALAYSIA, IS BEING GROWN IN ABUNDANCE. THE MALAYSIAN CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, IN ITS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SCHEME, IS TO OPEN UP 1,100 ACRES OF LAND ALL OVER MALAYSIA FOR THE CULTIVATION OF RICE. IT WILL ALSO INTRODUCE TO THE FARMERS NEW MODERN MACHINERY AND TECHNIQUES FOR THE HARVESTING OF RICE CROP.

    BUT IN SABAH, IN MALAYSIAN BORNEO, THE RICE FARMERS, WHO ARE MOSTLY PEOPLE OF THE KADAZAN RACE, STILL PREFER THE PRIMITIVE METHOD OF HARVESTING AS FILM SHOWS AT A VAST PADDY FIELD NEAR JESSELTON, ITS CAPITAL.

    THE FIELD HANDS ARE MAINLY WOMEN, FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THEY ARE MUCH MORE CAREFUL IN HARVESTING THAN THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS. THE MEN DO THE HUSKING BY STAMPING WITH THEIR BARE FEET ON THE COLLECTED PADDY STALKS. THIS METHOD IS UNLIKE THE FAMILIAR THRASHING USED BY THE FARMERS IN MALAYA. THE RICE GRAINS ARE THUS DISLODGED FROM THE STALKS AND HUSKS.

    TO SEPARATE THE GOOD RICE GRAINS FROM THE LIGHTER ONES, A MAN LIFTS HEAD-HIGH A BASKETFUL OF RICE AND ALLOW THE GRAINS TO FALL OFF ONTO A STRAW MAT. SIMULTANEOUSLY, A WOMAN STANDS BEHIND THE DAN AND FANS THE FALLING GRAIN WITH A LARGE BAMBOO TRAY. THE LIGHTER GRAINS ARE THUS BLOWN OFF AND THE GOOD GRAINS ARE COLLECTED AND KEPT IN GUNNY SACKS WHICH ARE TRANSPORTED ON THE BACKS OF WATER BUFFALOES. THEIR RIDERS HAVE A PRECARIOUS BUT COMFORTABLE RIDE.

    WATER BUFFALOES PLAY IN IMMENSELY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE CULTIVATION OF RICE. THEY HELP TO TILT THE SOGGY FIELD BEFORE THE PLANTING OF NEW RICE SHOOTS. AFTER EACH HARVESTING SEASON, THERE'S ALWAYS A BIG FEAST FOR THESE ANIMALS WHO ARE ALLOWED TO FEED ON THE RICE PLANTS -- TO THEIR HEARTS' CONTENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD3IOTDBMSBANF57ABGUQCZXEG
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3IOTDBMSBANF57ABGUQCZXEG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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