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Farming of the land was carried on by both men and women. Often the main burden fell upon the women of the farm family, especially the lighter work such as weeding, digging sweet potatoes and cutting fodder. Farm work was hard and time-consuming, especially at times of planting, transplanting, weeding and harvesting. Skills were learned by example and experience. Considering, and probably because of, the poorness of the soils, the Ryukyuan farmers practiced careful husbandry. [Source: The Ryukyuan Islands, McCune, 1975].

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