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Membership site with all the details you need to know and networking with other like minded people available at: http://goo.gl/M0nMT5 Do you like Thai food? Are you a fan of eating rice? How about Jasmine rice? Well it’s rice harvest time in Issan.. Rice production in Thailand represents a significant portion of the Thai economy and labor force. Thailand has a strong tradition of rice production. It has the fifth-largest amount of land under rice cultivation in the world and is the world's second largest exporter of rice. Thailand has plans to further increase the land available for rice production, with a goal of adding 500,000 hectares to its already 9.2 million hectares of rice-growing areas. The Thai Ministry of Agriculture expected rice production to yield around 30 million tons of rice in 2008. Jasmine rice, a higher quality type of rice, is the rice strain most produced in Thailand. Jasmine has a significantly lower yield rate than other types of rice, but it normally fetches more than double the price of other strains on the global market. The rice-planting season in Thailand usually starts in May. Around this time, showers signal the approaching end of the dry season, and farmers once more prepare for rice planting as one annual cycle ends and another begins. Since most Thai farmers have to wait for seasonal rain to plant their annual rice crop, they are at times faced with difficulties from drought like they were this year in 2015, so there might not be enough rainfall for crop growing. Farmers solve this problem by digging canals to channel water into their rice fields. At the same time, they perform some rain-making rites and other ceremonies to pray for fertility of the land. The rice field mud walls are designed to keep the water in the paddies. By breaking holes in these mud walls, water may be moved down from higher fields to irrigate lower ones. Once the seedlings are planted, they are later transplanted at a greater distance one from the next, almost always through a uniquely backbreaking operation that is often accompanied by generous shots of rice whisky (lao khao) or its local, sweeter moonshine variety, lao sathaw. The rice then enjoys the rainfall during the green season through to around September. The rice turns from emerald, to a darker green and finally to dry gold under the strong sun. By late November, it is ready to be harvested. In the past each morning, farmers would go into the fields with sickles to harvest their crop. The cut rice is spread on the fields to dry for several days before being bundled into sheaves and taken to the family compound where it is threshed, and may then be milled. But nowadays a rice harvesting machine goes through the fields cutting the rice and depositing the rice kernels with husks still on into trucks or on tarps to be dried. Please become a friend or subscribe to this channel and you if can, link back to my website I’d appreciate it. For more videos, books on retiring abroad and a Retirement Budget Calculator go check out http://retirecheap.asia