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When rice is harvested, it has a non-edible husk surrounding the kernel (the white rice which we consume). At the rice mill, the husks are separated from the edible kernels, and the husks are dumped into empty fields to be burned.

This photo shows a particular field where the husks are dumped. This is where several poor people go to try and gather 'leftover' rice, since not all the kernels are 100% separated from the husks at the rice mills. They can manually separate the good grains (heavier in weight) from the husks (lighter in weight) using traditional ways.

It's a painstaking effort. In a day's work, they usually collect only a few quantity of rice, just sufficient to feed them and their families for a day or two.

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Additional Photos by Alford Ronduen (alford) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 762 W: 42 N: 994] (4001)
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