We discovered you don't need rice paddies to grow rice. This is rice growing out in their gardens.
Rice on the stalk picked from the gardens.
They shake the rice off the stalks, and then it must be brought to town where a special machine peels off the brown covering. The white rice is inside. Growing rice is a labor intensive job, and may or may not be profitable depending on the price of rice. There are costs involved in using the machine in town to peel off the brown covering.