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The Vietnamese Farmer

A day in the life of a Vietnamese farmer is by no means easy. Working day and night in often blistering heat tending to huge amounts of lands to cultivate the crop and keep the Vietnamese economy running. Although Vietnam like the rest of the world has been moving away from an agricultural based economy to an industrial economy still around 67% of the country lives in rural areas.

The day in the life of a Vietnamese farmer starts early in the morning before the sun comes up. There is a short break in the middle of the day when the heat is at its worst and then they go back to the fields where work goes on until dusk.  The Vietnamese farmer works 12 hours a day 7 days a week. The division of labor is split between family members on a farm. The men take care of the heavy labour work like plowing the fields and digging. The women tend to the house and assist with the harvest, planning and weeding. The boys carry water and assist the men in the fields while the girls clean, cook and work in the vegetable garden. The day usually finished with a family meal where everyone shares stories from their day.

Vietnames Farmers Clothing

Conical Hat

Traditionally Vietnamese farmers wear a lose pants and shirt that can easily be rolled up to walk in the wet rice fields. The traditional conical hat is of course the signature item worn by all farmers in Vietnam and throughout Asia. The hat protects agains the blistering heat and shields the farmers from the pouring rain during rain season in Vietnam.

Contribution to Economy

Agriculture share of GDP

Agricultural in Vietnam accounts for roughly 15% of total gros domestic product of Vietnam. This number has been steadily declining over the past years with industries such as tourism taking a great shire of the pie in recent years. The industry still plays a vital role in the economy and is expected to do so in the coming years.  Most of rice grown in Vietnam comes from the Mekong Delta region, being dubbed the “rice basket of Vietnam”.