The padi field in Penampang in days of yore
To a farmer, to have a piece of padi
is eualvalent to having a
long term rice bowl for the family.
Working in the padi field involves
of the family.
A plough,drawned by a buffalo,
is the traditional method of
ploughing the field.
tractors are used by most
When it is planting time, padi
seedlings are gathered from
the nursery and planted by women.
Later , when the padi gradually ripens,
the children are Put in charge of
away the birds, the rats and other pests ,
although scare crows are also used.
Harvesting comes .
All hands are needed !
Sometimes the method gotong royong
which means working together as a team ,
in the kampung or village .
This is a popular planting song :
Planting rice is never fun
Bend from morn
till set of sun
Never stand and never sit
Never rest a little bit.