Farming in Chitwan is obviously completely different to what I’m used to back home, with monsoon seasoned forecasts and rice fields surrounding the whole area. Farmers here seem much more relaxed and prepared, but I believe that is mainly to do with the weather. The monsoon season in Chitwan seems to have a pattern during the time I’ve spent here to date, with boiling hot temperatures throughout the day and night time rainfalls lasting until early morning. This allows the farmers to prepare the crops ready for the 3-month long growth of rice. Unlike Nepal, the UK (Wales) weather doesn’t ever seem consistent, farmers need to be more cautious on when they need to e.g. cut grass for silage or when to let out the animals to feed on grass over the Summer season.
Although at home I feel like I live in a strongly linked community; I believe it is even stronger here, due to farmers in the community coming together to prepare and plant rice fields one at the time; again this is to do with the weather because here they have time and at home there is no reliable pattern of how each summertime season will be each year.
Towards the end of my stay here in Village Community Centre, I plan to show a presentation on how we (my family) farm at home in West Wales, showing different types of grass crops and pictures of the heavy machinery kept on the farm.
I have also been fortunate to have a go at rice farming myself, by helping out to plough some of the rice fields here.