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April 14, 2009

Rice Farm In Singapore

Rice Farm In Singapore

In land-scarce, plantation-scarce Singapore, I came across a rice (padi) farm in Singapore's remote Kranji estate on a visit to D'Kranji Farm Resort at Neo Tiew Lane 2.

Photograph: Rice plant on a farm.

Having seen a real rice farm in Luang Prabang (Laos) some years back, I had a rice farm model to compare.

Photograph: Farm In Luang Prabang Laos.
Luang Prabang farm

The rice farm in Singapore was a mini-plot compared to the one I saw overseas. I could walk around the rice farm in Kranji with ease. Back in Luang Prabang, I was surrounded by acres of rice as far as the eye could see.

At the time of my visit to the Kranji rice farm, the rice field was in need of repair, with weeds scattered all over. Rice grains were wilting, past their prime for harvesting. I had a feeling that this rice farm was planted as an exhibit for curious Singaporeans, rather than for a source of food.

Photograph: Rice grains.

The presence of a scarecrow added a little drama and colour to a less than ordinary-looking rice plantation.

Despite its forlorn appearance, this rice farm is a useful place for kids to learn about rice. It should demonstrate to children that rice grows from the soil, not on supermarket shelves.

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rainfield61 said...

The scarecrow looks so real. I cannot find any scarecrow like this in Malaysia anymore.

yg said...

when i first visited the rice field, there was a big flock of burong pipit(?).

i think they are going to have prawn fishing at d'kranji resort soon.

Seen This Scene That said...

rainfield61: the scarecrow looks cool from far. get closer and you will see the discomfort at its 'seat'. hah hah

yg: prawn fishing would be cool, though I don't remember prawn fishing as a popular pastime of the past.

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