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Paddy Farming is one of the main occupations in western ghats of maharashtra, India. The initial preparation of the land (flooding, plowing the field, using manure, sowing the rice seeds in the soil) is done exclusively by men in the months of April and May. Seedlings (rice sprouts) are transplanted in the same field or a different one, a process called 'Natti' in the local language. This work is done exclusively by women. For the next 3 months, the rice plants are left to grow into paddy. Male laborers use pesticides during this time. Once the paddy turns light brown, water is drained and the field is left to dry. After the drained field is completely dry and the plants turn hay-color, paddy harvesting is done by females.

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