By: Printz | 12-21-2017 | News
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Diana's Week: What Is It Like Being A Rice Farmer in the Philippines

Been on a Holiday with my family and we planned to go to the northern part of the Philippines. We have visited the province of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. If you will look at the map of the Philippines it is on the top edge northern part of Luzon. It was a crazy 12-hour drive from my hometown, but also you can get to Ilocos via plane.

Ilocos Norte is noted for being the birthplace of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who led an authoritarian rule over the country during the latter half of his incumbency. The Marcoses enjoy a modicum of popularity in the province. Ilocos Norte is also known as a northern tourist destination, being the location of Fort Ilocandia, an upper-class hotel and beach resort famous among expatriates, and Pagudpud.

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The Province of Ilocos Norte was recognized as one of the Top 12 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers in the country for its commitment to attaining high rice self-sufficiency. Laoag City and the municipality of Vintar were also on the list of the Top 48 Rice Producing Cities and Municipalities and each received a check for P1 million.

I never thought that on this holiday I could get the full experience of being a farmer. It's enjoyable for the first time of doing it, it is not hard as well, but I think if you'll plant for the whole day it will be tiring. It's a weird feeling when you have your toes buried in mud and you will feel that something is crawling underneath. I love to experience new things and try what other people's do for the living.

I salute all the farmers in the world it's not an easy job.

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Anonymous No. 14448 2017-12-21 : 15:58

Good times !!

Anonymous No. 14452 2017-12-21 : 18:20

Awesome. Lol.

Anonymous No. 14478 2017-12-22 : 04:25

I've heard planting rice is as fun as picking cotton. In other words, not very fun at all when you have to do it all day every day. My grandmother was raised in Alabama. If they weren't in school, they were picking cotton.

Fish Stick Dude No. 14483 2017-12-22 : 05:06

Interesting fact: in USA it takes 2 man hours to grow 1 ton of rice. In Mexico, 28 man days. This task is very easily automated. Costs a lot, however. Even in the 1970s, one of my great uncles had 50,000 acre rice farm with laser guided tractors. That was some cool stuff.

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