Buffaloes for ploughing

Malaysia, 1953

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The role of the water-buffalo in improving rice production in Malaya. Shows how a buffalo calf is trained as a farm animal. Its nostrils are pierced at six months and a ring inserted so that it can be led. At two years training is commenced, the buffalo learns how to pull, how to obey signals from his master and finally how to plough. Only patience and practice are needed to produce a thoroughly useful farm buffalo.


production company

Malayan Film Unit






Black and White

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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Agriculture

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industries - Malaysia

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Rice - Harvesting

Animals & Wildlife → Animals, Training of

Animals & Wildlife → Buffaloes

Animals & Wildlife → Domestic animals

Animals & Wildlife → Working animals

Animals & Wildlife → Zoology - Asia

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rice - Planting


Documentary → Documentary films - Malaysia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Malaysia - Rural conditions

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Animals, Training of

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Short films

Short films → Short films - Malaysia




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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