For my 16th post for the Blogging A to Z Challenge, I compiled photos I took at the famous Sekinchan paddy fields on 30 August 2014 into a photo essay.
P is for Paddy Fields
Paddy Fields in Sekinchan
Sekinchan is nicknamed the ‘rice bowl of Selangor’. The name Sekinchan literally means ‘village suitable for plantation’ in Chinese. Large plots of flat land are cultivated exclusively for rice planting year round and the farming methods are modern and mechanised. The area is well known for its high yield. There is a fixed time table for farming all year round, and you can see it here.
The months of March and September are seedling transplanting periods, when the seedlings are transplanted from their little trays into the paddy fields, so the rice fields will be all green. On the other hand, June and December are the harvesting periods, so the fields will be a golden yellow hue. As you can imagine, the place is a magnet for photography enthusiasts looking forward to taking nice scenery shots of paddy fields.
When I went on 30 August, the seedlings has already been planted. So, the farmers were ahead of schedule. 🙂 Visitors can visit the processing plants too, such as PLS Marketing (M) Sdn. Bhd. During the visit, one can purchase rice and other local produce.
The modern mechanised farming methods used in the Sekinchan fields ensure the systematic running of operations and a consistently high yield.
There are roads connecting to a small village in the middle of the paddy fields, so visitors can actually drive beside the fields. There are also aqueducts (irrigation canals) beside the roads and cutting across the fields.