Drying Rice on Highway

Rice is an important agricultural product of Samar. It grows very well in this humid, tropical environment. But drying the rice is another story. Every year, too much rice is spoiled before it ever gets dry. Recently the Philippines government gave away many rice dryers to poverty stricken rice farmers, in an attempt to prevent such waste, but there are still many smaller rice farmers who don’t have a proper way to dry their rice. What do they do? They buy a cheap tarp, and dry their rice along the side of the road, or anywhere else they can. Here are some photographs from my recent trips to Catbalogan, showing rice drying along the National Highway in Samar.

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