The Associated Press reports that some US Farmers are starting to use mules in lieu of mechanized farm equipment, due to the high cost of fuel! That’s right, farmer T.R. Raymond in Tennessee has switched over to mule power to handle some of his farming chores. Raymond’s son, Danny says of the use of mules for farming that “It’s the way of the future.”
Here in the Philippines, they have been using the Carabao for farming all along, so I guess that it could be said that the Philippines is actually paving the way to the future!
It seems that everywhere you go around the Philippines, you see Carabao being used to plow fields and do other farming tasks. In addition to farm chores, the farmers here ride their Carabao to go into town or wherever they need to go. So, the Carabao is actually multi-tasking and taking the place of a tractor and a car or truck too!
Certainly, this is economical, in todays world of high petroleum prices. However, what about the efficiency? Do you think that farmers could actually go back to mostly using animals to do the chores, or would they suffer too much in the efficiency side of the equation?
What do you think? Can the Philippines lead the world in finding the right balance between animal and mechanical farming?