21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel

The process of drying rice grains is a critical step in post-harvest management to reduce moisture content to safe levels for storage. It ensures that the grains can be stored for an extended period without the risk of spoilage or mold growth. The scene I have taken that women spreading rice grains under the sun, is a common and essential practice in many agricultural communities, particularly in regions where rice is a staple crop. Here are some key points about this practice: Moisture Reduction, Sun Drying, Frequent Turning, Traditional Knowledge, Community Effort, Sustainable Practice, Cultural Significance. The art of drying rice grains not only ensures food security by preserving the harvest but also contributes to the preservation of local customs and traditions. It's a time-honored practice that underscores the connection between agriculture, the environment, and the communities that rely on rice as a staple crop.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Kolkata, India
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Debashis Mukherjee