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48 tree branch having a hook at the end for gathering the straw into a bunch. The hook is held in the right hand; with it the rice is pulled up and grasped by the left hand, the hook is then loosened and the straw cut with the knife and tied into bundles about 10-15 cm in diameter. The bundles are so uniform they are sometimes used as a unit of measure, each containing about 0.3 kg of threshed grain. These are left scattered in the ground to dry and then piled into stacks on the dikes until the harvest is over, when they are hauled to the stack. The lingcao was later replaced with sickle called “karet” or “kumpay”, which is a slightly-hooked knife, with serrations at the inside and fitted with a short straight handle. There had been attempts at UPCA, BPI and CLSU to introduce and demonstrate rice combines from the US and Japan before and after the war. Because of the size and weight of the American combines, these attempts were made in upland rice fields since big combines would sink in the small bunded wet fields. Japanese combines were very sophisticated and expensive for the rice farmers at this time so these were confined in experimental stations and demonstration fields.

Fig. __. Traditional harvesting using karet or kumpay

The Evolution of Rice Production Practices  

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