A livestock official of Khao Kho district was, on Friday (July 21), ordered transferred to Phetchabun provincial livestock office pending an investigation into the disappearance of a buffalo under the Buffalo Bank programme.
The transfer of Somparn Chittanan, chief of Khao Kho livestocks office, at the order of Kraisorn Kongchalard, Phetchabun deputy governor followed a complaint lodged with the provincial Damrongtham Centre by Rapeepak Taratornpitak who bought the buffalo, named Boonrod, from a merchant to spare it from being sent to a slaughter's house and donated to the Buffalo Bank programme in Phetchabun province.
Boonrod the buffalo was later given to farmer Worapol Kaewdang, a member of the Buffalo Bank programme, to be used in his rice farm under a condition that the animal cannot be sold but kept with him for farming purpose.
The donor later found out that the buffalo had been missing from the farmer's farm and took the case to the provincial administration.
He said that he bought the buffalo from merchant because he wanted to save its life so it could be used to work in the field by farmers.
Mr Worapol, the farmer, claimed that he sold Boonrod to a merchant after finding that the buffalo was in poor health.
The fate of Boonrod is still unknown as Mr Peerapak and local officials have been searching for her whereabouts.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)