"He was tilling the soil with the aid of a plough and a water buffalo."
Water buffalo and plough
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Water buffalo are raised in Asia for meat, dairy and as working animals. Their dung is used for fertilizer, and when dried it can also be a fuel.

In 2000, it was estimated that 97% of the world's water buffalo live in Asia. They are popular because of their ability to thrive on poor food and plough through waterlogged paddies. They have been called the living tractor of the East.