• Short Summary

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

  • Description

    1.
    LS (PAN) PADDY FIELD NEAR JESSELTON
    4 1/2 ft

    2.
    LS -------- DITTO ------
    6 1/2 ft

    3.
    MS PADDY TO BE HARVESTED (PAN) FIELDHANDS HARVESTING
    9 ft

    4.
    CU HANDS HARVESTING
    12 1/2 ft

    5.
    CU WOMAN HARVESTING (TWO SHOTS)
    17 ft

    6.
    LS COLLECTED PADDY STALKS BROUGHT TO STRAW MAT
    20 1/2 ft

    7.
    MS WOMEN TAKING OUT STALKS ONTO MAT
    23 ft

    8.
    MS TWO MEN STAMPING ON STALKS -- TO DISLODGE GRAINS FROM STALKS AND HUSK
    26 1/2 ft

    9.
    CU FEET
    28 1/2 ft

    10.
    CU MAN DOING SAME THING, THEN GATHERS STALKS
    35 ft

    11.
    MS YOUNG GIRL SEPARATING STALKS FROM RICE
    37 ft

    12.
    MS MAN COLLECTING RICE INTO BASKET
    39 ft

    13.
    MS WOMAN FANNING AS MAN LIFTS BASKET OVER HEAD FOR RICE TO FALL
    43 ft

    14.
    MCU WOMAN FANNING
    44 1/2 ft

    15.
    MS MAN POURING OUT RICE FROM BASKET WHILE WOMAN FANNING
    47 1/2 ft

    16.
    CU WOMAN GATHERING RICE INTO BASKET
    49 1/2 ft

    17.
    CU GRAINS POURED INTO BASKET
    52 ft

    18.
    MCU TWO WOMEN POURING RICE INTO GUNNY SACK
    59 1/2 ft

    19.
    MS TWO WOMEN LOADING RICE BAG ON BUFFALO'S BACK (TWO SHOTS)
    64 ft

    20.
    MS BOY MOUNTS BUFFALO (PAN) ANOTHER MOUNTING ONTO ANOTHER BUFFALO
    67 ft

    21.
    MS BUFFALOES AWAY (TWO SHOTS)
    74 ft

    22.
    MLS WOMEN FARMHAND RETURNING TO RESPECTIVE HOMES
    77 ft

    23.
    MS BUFFALOES TROTTING HOME WITH RICE BAGS
    82 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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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