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Banyubiru buffalo farms provide livelihoods, lure tourists

Stefanus Ajie

The Jakarta Post

Ngawi, East Java  /  Sun, December 1, 2019  /  03:00 pm
  • Buffaloes stand in and around the river near a forest at Bulak Pepe buffalo village at Banyubiru in Ngawi regency, East Java.

    Buffaloes stand in and around the river near a forest at Bulak Pepe buffalo village at Banyubiru in Ngawi regency, East Java. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Buffaloes stand in and around the river near a forest at Bulak Pepe buffalo village at Banyubiru in Ngawi regency, East Java.

  • For the farmers and residents of Banyubiru, herding buffaloes to soak in the river is obligatory, especially during the dry season. Buffaloes cannot stand too much heat, which is why their natural habitat usually near rivers or swamp.

    For the farmers and residents of Banyubiru, herding buffaloes to soak in the river is obligatory, especially during the dry season. Buffaloes cannot stand too much heat, which is why their natural habitat usually near rivers or swamp. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    For the farmers and residents of Banyubiru, herding buffaloes to soak in the river is obligatory, especially during the dry season. Buffaloes cannot stand too much heat, which is why their natural habitat usually near rivers or swamp.

  • Buffaloes of Bulak Pepe at Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java, are herded back to their barns in the late afternoon.

    Buffaloes of Bulak Pepe at Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java, are herded back to their barns in the late afternoon. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Buffaloes of Bulak Pepe at Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java, are herded back to their barns in the late afternoon.

  • Suraya, a buffalo farmer from Banyubiru village, gathers grass to feed his cattle.

    Suraya, a buffalo farmer from Banyubiru village, gathers grass to feed his cattle. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Suraya, a buffalo farmer from Banyubiru village, gathers grass to feed his cattle.

  • Picturesque forests make for attractive photo objects at Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java.

    Picturesque forests make for attractive photo objects at Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java. OF JP/Stefanus Ajie

    Picturesque forests make for attractive photo objects at Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java.

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Dust was flying about on the narrow road as a herd of buffaloes passed Banyubiru village in Ngawi regency, East Java. It was late afternoon, the time 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 at 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 typically rivers or swamps. The buffalo herding tradition with picturesque scenery of forests and villages as the backdrop has turned Banyubiru vill...