The shot was created from the train. I was on my way back home from the new capital of Burma, NAY-PYI-TAW. This greenish rice field is located outskirt of TAU-NGOO township of BAGO division. I saw this buffalo cart rolling in the field. I took out my camera in very rush manner and created this shot. Some time back there, we normally see huge number of such Buffaloes in many parts of Burma. Unfortunately, buffaloes suddenly become rare animal owing to Nargis Cyclone in early May, 2008.
The FAO report indicated that the cyclone ravaged region was famous for livestock production, and that an estimated 200,000 water buffaloes and cattle were killed during cyclone. These draft animals were crucial to the regions rice cultivation capacity and transportation. Given most farmers owned two cattle to carry out normal farm operations, the loss estimated by FAO implies that roughly 100,000 farms are without draft animals to plant the 2008/09 main season rice crop. Given the average farm size in the delta region is 3-4 hectares; the impact of the cattle’s demise could reach a total of 400,000 hectares of rice land.
200,000 buffaloes is a very significant number for nature-agricultural country like Burma.
Camera – Nikon D40
Exposure Time – 1/500s
ISO Speed – 200
Focal Length – 200mm