Hankering for good ol’ days, Navy starts farm to rekindle use of buffalos in farming

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The Royal Thai Navy’s Naval Recruit Center in Sattahip will use 10 rai of land to create a buffalo-preservation project intended to become a base for research and agricultural knowledge.

Adm. Surasak Rungrengrom said the center will offer four courses a year to 12,000 students on how to domesticate buffalos and train them to work the land. To date, 29 heads of cattle have been donated to the project, dedicated to HM the Queen to celebrate her upcoming 80th birthday.

The Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip is creating a buffalo-preservation project to revisit the good old days. The Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip is creating a buffalo-preservation project to revisit the good old days.

The buffalo will be split into four zones encompassing rice paddies, vegetable farms, a fish-filled canal and residential for people and cattle. Highlighting their role throughout Thai history, buffalos will be employed in farming.

Surasak said the Navy is “determined to restore the use of buffalos in agriculture to inspire Thais to return to the past, when farmers would lead their buffalos into the fields until sundown.”

With progress in farming machinery and technology, it remains to be seen if the military’s hankering for the old days will spread beyond its own land.

Nonetheless, government funds have already been allocated for the project with Navy officials insisting the rice and vegetables grown will help area residents during times of drought or flood.