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People in Xiangye had been engaged in cultivating rice. Formerly the main staple was glutinous (sticky) rice, and this was also used to brew alcohol. More than half of the paddy fields used to be planted with glutinous rice. Most of the paddy fields were in the plains, while the rest were in the mountain valleys and terraces on the mountainsides. The paddy fields were different shapes and sizes and the villagers classified them according to how many loads of rice they would yield. The farmers knew their fields according to the number of loads yielded. Sometimes, however, five loads were produced from one acre, and sometimes seven loads, according to the harvest. The people of Xiangye relied on their water-buffaloes for growing rice, especially when it came to plough and harrow, as only waterbuffaloes were fit for such work.

Keywords: farmer; glutinous rice; paddy fields; Xiangye

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