Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby ( Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.

Monday, September 1, 2014

#294 Harvest in the Hills

In the Ifugao province at harvest, a revelation was inevitable.

There are several reasons why upland rice costs many times that of regular rice: truly limited arable land, all work is still done by hand or beast, and harvest-time comes only once a year. During the harvest season, farmers can get up to P60/kg for their unmilled rice. By the time the millers and middlemen are done, the retail price starts at P100/kg in the public markets. Off-season? No stock.

But who pays that much for rice? Because they don't use chemical fertiliser nor pesticides of any kind, they are 100% organic.  Rice grown in soil that has never been tainted by chemicals, now isn't that worth paying for? Enjoy. (In contrast, lowland organic rice still use pesticides.)

(Pixel-peepers: To capture a similar scene, show-up in the fields before the noon day sun in the months of July and August. And remember to pack a good hat and lots of water!)

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