Lake Mainit sits on a narrow plain between mountain ranges and is surrounded by rice fields.
Preparing the land. Plowing is now semi-mechanized; the plow used to be pulled by a “carabao” (water buffalo).
Preparing the seedlings. The seeds are germinated in a nursery. The seedlings are then transplanted into the field. This is manual work.
A newly planted field. In four to five months the grains are produced, ripen and are harvested. But the farmers don’t lie idly waiting. Rice needs attention and a lot of care during this time. Some of them double as fishermen while the crop is growing.
On the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines.