Paddy planting: Rise of the machines (or maybe not)

loading Pulling paddy seedlings from the nursery to transplant, one by one, onto the field.

In remote northern Sarawak, folks prefer paddy planting the traditional way – and for good reason.

I trawled the shops of KL to find one of those fishing outfits that keep you dry in knee-deep water. I wanted it for paddy planting, not so much to keep dry but to avoid stepping on tiny snails or fish in the paddy fields.

But no luck. So, I got a pair of football socks instead! My feet will get wet, but at least I won’t have to step on snails and fish with my bare feet.

It is time to plant paddy again in the fields of Ba Kelalan, a remote mountain settlement in northern Sarawak.


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