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Jakarta Post

Banyubiru buffalo farms provide livelihoods, lure tourists

  • Stefanus Ajie

    The Jakarta Post

Ngawi, East Java   /   Tue, December 3 2019   /  12:38 am

Drink up: A female shepherd guards a herd of buffaloes drinking from a river in the Bulak Pepe buffalo tourism village in Banyubiru, Ngawi regency, East Java.(JP/Stefanus Ajie)Dust was flying about on a narrow road as a herd of buffaloes passed Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java. It was late afternoon, time for the herdsman steers the buffaloes to soak in the river.Another herd, emerging from rows of wooden barns along the riverbanks, followed to the water.A young herdsman was sitting under a bamboo tree, keeping an eye on the buffaloes soaking in the river.Ananta Prasetyo is still in elementary school. Every afternoon after school, he helps his grandfather herd the family's five buffaloes to the river running by a forest.Getting the buffaloes into the river is important, especially during the dry season. Buffaloes cannot stand heat, which is why their natural habitat is ...