In May, at this time, the sun was shining brightly, the rice in the field was also heavy. The bright, vibrant yellow color and aroma of new rice make people’s hearts even more excited, that joy seems to be multiplied by the farmers with muddy hands and feet all year round amidst the raging epidemic season.
In the field of Dong Ban village, Dong Thai commune, Ba Vi district, Hanoi city, 72-year-old Mrs. Phung Thi Huong is hastily harvesting the first fields of the crop. According to her, two-thirds of her life is spent in the fields, more than at home. For Ms. Huong, the field is a blood bond, a homeland, not just an economy She shared that now her children go to the city to do business, in the house and only she is a farmer attached to the fields and gardens. In the past, her family did a lot of work, sometimes 2-3 acres, but recently because of her old age and no one to take care of her, she only kept 3 sao of field for convenience. “In these fields, I alone take care of fertilizers from the beginning of the crop until now. When will the harvested rice come home, you will be assured. Every time the harvest came, the children on the street came back to help until it was finished. This year, the rice harvest is better, from 2 to 2.5 quintals per acre,” shared Huong. My conversation with Mrs. Huong was interrupted by the sound of a large harvester According to the farmers, in the past, there were no harvesters, so the people also worked hard and had to hire laborers to reap. Some houses have to hire more than 10 workers, each 300-400 thousand VND/day. Now, having a harvester is also less difficult, only having to spend 150-170 thousand VND / one pole of field to be able to carry rice home During the harvest time, the fields are always filled with laughter and laughter, accompanied by the sound of mowers. At these times, there are 2 to 3 rice harvesters in the fields. Mr. Nguyen Van Tu, owner of a harvester, shared that he also left his hometown to go to the city to do business in the past. However, after a while in business but no progress, he returned to his hometown and invested in agricultural services. When asked about the income from the harvester, Mr. Tu shared: “During the harvest season, my partner and I go around the fields to harvest rice for our relatives, sometimes up to Thai Nguyen. Each pole of rice is from 150 to 170 thousand VND, in some crops, my relatives lost revenue, I only took 130,000 VND.” The rice fields are as golden as a picture woven from stretchable golden rice grains. This year is a good season, so everyone has a smile on their lips, even though they have to work under the hot summer sun. This is probably the happiest time of the village. As soon as she quickly tied the bag of newly harvested rice, Phuong shared: “In order to save labor, the family had to go to the field from 5am to 9am to avoid the hot midday weather.” “The heat makes harvesting difficult, because my field is located in the middle of the field, so the process of transporting rice home is more “hard” than other houses,” said Huy, Phuong’s husband. People here take advantage of all means to move rice home as quickly as possible, from rickshaws, motorbikes, or even electric bicycles being used as means of transportation. Many families take advantage of the reaper at night to both ensure the harvest and avoid the harsh summer heat.
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