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Jakarta Post

Horses down, buffaloes up in NTT

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

East Manggarai   /   Sat, May 5 2012   /  11:52 am

The number of horses in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is declining with only 4,205 horses reported in the area this year, a regency livestock official says.

“The declining numbers in East Manggarai is believed to be attributed to a lack of interest of residents to raise the animals due to the presence of two and four-wheeled vehicles in many villages previously served by horse and cart,” East Manggarai Agriculture, Plantation and Livestock Office head Donatus Datur told The Jakarta Post in Borong on Thursday.

Yet, the number of buffaloes in East Manggarai has not shown signs of decreasing. Data complied by the office showed that there were 9,000 buffalo spread over the six districts of the regency. “Buffalo numbers are not declining as they are still being used to plough the fields,” said Datur.

The increasing population of buffaloes is n...