Annual oxen-tilling competition held

Naudero, Sindh: Traditional annual ox-tilling competition was held here near Bakhtawar Model School on Sunday morning in which as many as 12 pairs of oxen took part.

The owners of these oxen include Sher Muhammad Narejo, Lutuf Narejo, Rasul Bux Lashari, Ali Khan Khakhrani, Niaz Kalhoro, Allah Dino Shahani, Siddique Soomro, Manzoor Bhutto and others.

Each pair was given five minutes during which it had to plough the land and then it land was measured by a team of experts.

While talking to Media Sher Muhammad Narejo & others said that land tilling with bulls is far better than tractors as it penetrates deeper into the land than the machinery due to which the farmers get better yields than tractor tilling. They said that due to increase in diesel prices it has become almost impossible for the poor peasants to get their lands prepared with tractors for sowing crops and added that it is easy for them to bring up bulls as fodder for them is available in abundance in the agricultural fields they are irrigating.

They further said that they advise their farming community to adopt old traditional system of ox-tilling and this will also enhance their per acre produce in every crop. They were just frightened of regular thefts in the rural villages of animals as according to them their villages always face power outages at nights.

They said that if government ensures peace in their riverside areas they will certainly go for bull-farming which is much cheaper than mechanized system.

The oxen pair of Sher Muhammad Narejo won the trophy for the second consecutive year as it stood first.

The bulls were decorated with traditional Ajraks and embroidery material. A large number of people came from their villages to watch this competition, who belonged to all the adjoining areas of this hometown of Bhutto leaders.

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