Tonaki Island in the middle of its harvest of glutinous millet

Tonaki Island in the middle of its harvest of glutinous millet

On Tonaki Island, farmers are busy picking of glutinous millet.


June 12, 2012 Toshihisa Higa, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On Tonaki Island, glutinous millet which had seeds sown during Usui, the second term in the East Asian lunisolar calendar, is now ready for harvest, so local farmers are busy harvesting the crops during sunny spells in the rainy season.

According to the Tonaki Village Economic Affairs Division, there were no crops harvested last year because of damage from typhoons, but the farmers were able to plant ten hectares of the land. They expect them to grow well with the good weather. The rice-polishing machine has been replaced with a new model in order to supply high-quality glutinous millet.

The harvest of glutinous millet is laborious work carried out with a hook to pick them one by one. With neighbors helping out, the harvest will continue until the middle of June. Threshed glutinous millet can be seen drying in the sun on the farmers’ land.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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