magdadaro is the name we call a farmer that tills the land with a water buffalo or locally known as carabao. This was shot in Jagonipa, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, Philippines. December 2011

this magdadaro is preparing the land for rice planting.  The water buffalo or carabao pulls a tiller made of bamboo and wood to loosen the soil.  After the soil is loose, the weeds, with a little mud, are removed and placed around the “dike” (as you can see on the left side of the frame) to control the water coming in/and out of the field.  Once the season is right and the field is ready, the farmer will plant the rice seeds or seedlings.


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