June 13, 2020, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.
The first words spoken to me at 7am this morning as I spoke with men in the fields was “Hot, hot”. And it was. I checked the weather app on my phone and it said 82°. Adding to the heat was the protective clothing worn in the rice fields. A hat, long sleeve shirt or jacket, long pants and rubber boots, all worn to protect the workers from the intense Thai sun.
The men are using gas powered industrial weed eaters to cut the tall vegetation so when the land is plowed with a tractor it can be easily smoothed out and rice planting can begin. 40 Rai of fields will be a several day job in the hot sun.
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