The Rice Field Project Part 3b : Threshing & Cleaning our rice

Threshing & Cleaning our rice

As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 3b. To read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field. We bought the first plot of land in September 2017. The extra plot of land was bought in November 2017.

So the rice was removed from our land and put together on the land next to us. Then the next day a mobile Threshing & Cleaning machine did come to separate the rice from the straw. How does that work?
  • Two ladies are putting the raw rice on a belt, 1 man is securing the belt and the machine so all raw rice goes straight into the machine
  • One man catches the rice in big buckets at the side of the machine
  • The machine spits out the rest material (straws) at the other side
  • The buckets of rice are emptied in 40kg rice-bags that are hold-up by 1 lady
Our land is about 540 sqm. and it took about 20min. to make 10 bags of rice. We do not pay in cash for this work but we give the people doing the work 1 bag of rice. The rest material (straws) are used at next farming jobs, like growing onions. The straws are put over the young plants to protect them from the sun. In the end there are 2 products :
  • 10 bags of rice (that still have to be polished)
  • Rest material (straws) (we did give that away)
As we lost already 1 bag of rice for the work we now have 9 bags of rice left. That will have to be dried for 1 or 2 days. Then we will have it polished in a small rice-mill in our village. We had 2 bags of rice polished now and about 40% in volume is lost (weight about 20% lost). We are using some for ourselves and did give the rest away. So we now still have 7 bags of sticky rice left that still have to be polished. Each bag is about 40kg, of what about 20% will be lost with polishing. After polishing the 7 bags we would have about 224kg of eatable sticky rice. The price that farmers get for this rice is so low that I wonder why people are farming rice. It is a lot of work and your end profit is very low. So we are not going be rich rice farmers and keep some for ourselves and give the rest away to friends and family.

This was the extra third part of our ongoing Rice Field Project, to read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field

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