The restless 24/7 working humans of my village…

It is wheat harvesting season here.

My 59-year-old weak father, suffering from osteoarthritis (knee joint pain) and hemorrhoids, finds it impossible to get the harvesting done.

As he is a solo man to do the farming. 

Also, he prefers not to hire someone for this important work because of trust issues. And I am the eldest son.

So, leaving all of my work behind, I went to the village to help him.

We don’t use big harvesting machines to do this harvesting. Because of two reasons.

First, the machine replaces the poor labor for whom this is the only source of income.

Second, our land is small and divided. Additionally, the combine harvester machine wastes the wheat straw which we use as feed for our cows and buffalos.

Therefore this is how the whole process goes manually.

𝗣𝗵𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝟭 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆.

First, laborers cut the standing wheat plants with their hands using a hand sickle (datri).

Then they collect the cut wheat plants and make bundles. Then using ropes (made up of unused cloth pieces) they tie up those bundles.

Finally, they place all the wheat bundles in the center of the land together.

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗽𝗵𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝟮 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴.

We don’t have our own tractor or thresher machine.

So, my father asked our neighbor who has both things. He excused us for he was busy in threshing other farmers’ crops.

My father insisted as the weather is getting cloudy. A single rain can damage the months of work as it would destroy the crops.

He agreed and gave us time in the evening. But he didn’t come. We kept calling him but he apologized as he was stuck. Every other farmer was forcing him to first harvest their crop.

Yeah crops are more and threshers are less in our area. So, it happens.

We had no other choice but to wait. After so much wait he finally came with his tractor, thresher and 8 labor people at 1:10 am night.

My father was asleep. I was awake.

So, I took him to our land where the crops were gathered.

Then I came back home and drove the tractor trolley to the land where threshing was to be done.

Work began.

The eight laborer people work in shifts. 

Four rest and other four work for an hour. Then those who rested they get to work while letting others rest.

Two work on the input side. One picks the wheat bundle. Cuts its rope to untie it and place it near the man standing next to the thresher.

That man picks the wheat plants and throws them into the thresher operated by the tractor’s PTO shaft.

The third man sits near the outlet from where the thresher spits out clean wheat grains. He holds a 50 kg bag close to the outlet so all the grains are collected in that bag.

The fourth man takes the bag from him when it’s filled and then closes its open area so grains don’t fall.

Then he throws the bag to the trolley. I was standing in the trolley.

So, I was taking grain-filled bags from him and then emptying them in the trolley. And handing the empty bag back to him so he can fill it again.

I spent working like that from 1:20 am to 8:00 am in the morning.

I got sleepy and tired and my back started paining a lot after just 2 hrs of this work. But I still kept working.

That’s when I realized how these laborers would be doing.

So, I asked one of them when do they actually rest? 

As in my judgment these guys worked yesterday’s whole day. And now they were working in the night with me.

I was stunned to hear his reply.

“we are not working from yesterday. We are working like that for the past 9 days. No full rest. Four of us work. Then the other 4 rest. And repeat.”

I was totally shocked and amazed to hear that.

“how much do you make?” I asked.

“We don’t do this for money. We do it to collect wheat grains supply for at least next 6 months. So, we can eat.” He said.

Wheat is staple food here. We make flour from wheat. And then roti from that flour which we eat 3 times a day with salan.

“how much wheat do you collect from one threshing session?” I asked.

“We are getting 1250 kg wheat per 40 kg of the harvested wheat.”

I did maths. Our two acres crop yielded 108 monds (40 kg is equal to one mond).

So, these 8 people got 3.3 monds (1250 x 108 then dividing the answer to 40 kg to convert in monds) of wheat from us for the labor work they did in harvesting it.

They divide the total wheat they earn among each other equally.

In terms of rupees. Each one got on average 1400 rupees from doing labor for 2 acres of wheat threshing.

𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘅 $𝟱.

It noted. It took 6 hrs to finish two-acre wheat threshing. So, $5 for 6 hrs of hard labor.

That’s how poor my people are.

From this whole post, I wanted to convey, if we are blessed with intelligence, education, and opportunities to make easy money online.

It is our duty to make as much as we can. 

Not to buy the luxuries. Rather, so, we can help, we can uplift such poor pity 24/7 working souls.

I gave each of them some money. They were so happy for it. While it didn’t make any difference to my pocket.

But there are many such underprivileged humans in my village and overall Pakistan and the world.

Whose stories we don’t know. Hence, we don’t think about them. Nor do we care.

It made me sad to see them and closely work with them. Feel the pain of the work.

I don’t know how should I end this post. Just wanna say if you are being lazy or not making the maximum money you have the capability to make, please don’t be uninspired.

Please work, so you can help your fellow people.

That’s all I wanna say.

By Sami

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