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Fields of Toil

An honest day’s work.

Until a generation ago, Goans enjoyed some of the finest produce in the world, all of it locally grown. That situation, unfortunately, has been cured. Fertile paddy fields have now become targets of builders and their politician friends. As a result, farming activity in Goa has been decimated rendering Goans dependent on neighboring states for their grain and greens, most of it inferior in quality and taste to Goa‘s indigenous variety.

Historically, the community of Gaude has been associated with farming in Goa. These are tough, industrious folk and they continue to soldier on despite the bleak future.

During the monsoon months I often stop by to observe these toiling men and women of our fields, and catch some of their rhythm. This is a small selection from earlier this year.

A couple of related posts are here and here.

Paddy field in Anjuna

A long day ahead, Anjuna
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Paddy field in Anjuna

Spreading manure, Anjuna
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Paddy field in Anjuna

Cheery toss, Anjuna
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Paddy fields in Saligao

Traditional methods, Saligao
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Archana and Shyam Gaude in St. Estevem

In St. Estevem
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS

 
Archana and Shyam Gaude, St Estevem

Archana and Shyam Gaude, St Estevem
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Yesso Gaude working the field. St Estevem

Yesso Gaude, St Estevem
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS

 
Laxmi Harijan (l) and Shobha Kadam (right) in Casarvernem

Laxmi Harijan (left) and Shobha Kadam (right) in Casarvernem
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Working in the field at Talaulim

Taking a break, Talaulim
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS

 
 
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