Rice fields are unique and matchless landscapes in the central city of Isfahan. The reflection of the paddy fields just after planting at the outset of summer brings lustrous scenes; the green and golden stalks of rice rippling in the breeze get everyone's attention.

Iran (IMNA) - Rice-growing is the local identity of people who live in the southwest of Isfahan and it is a staple of their daily life. Rice cultivation requires hot and humid climate. The soil should be also in the best physical condition for crop growth. Southwest of Isfahan provides good conditions for rice production, however, water shortage in the city has put the industry at risk.

In regions where sufficient amounts of water is not available, some options are available to help farmers cope with water scarcity. The strategies include land preparation activities followed by measures such as mulching, saturated soil culture, alternate wetting and drying and use of aerobic rice that can tolerate dryer conditions.

It takes an all-out-effort to bring a crop of rice to the Iranian tables. The rice that farmers cultivate with painstaking effort is one of the main ingredient of Iranian tables. Families are gathered together around the table by just cooked rice (Polo) and stew dishes (Khoresh). The family bonds is deepened by sitting around the table and enjoying the taste of cooked rice!

The most popular method of cultivation in Iran is "Transplanting" in which rice seedlings are transferred by hand from a seedbed to the wet land. The process requires more labor than other methods of cultivation.  Let's see how Isfahani farmers are planting rice in paddy fields.

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