Rice production on small rural farms in Mali near the Niger River
Rice is a very important crop for the farmers in Mali and is one of the principal foods of the Mali people. In this post I will describe using text and pictures the fascinating process of rice production by the rural farmers in southern Mali.
|Rice fields flooded by the Niger River irrigation canals|
|Rice fields ready to harvest near Selingue, Mali|
|The rice is harvested by workers with a hand scythe and gathered in bundles|
|A portable rice thresher that goes from field to field doing custom threshing|
|Rice drying on plastic tarps near the farmers home|
|Using the breeze to clean the chaff from the rice before taking it to market|