The buffaloes are largely employed for turning the sakias.
Buffaloes and zebras occur in two or three varieties.
Buffaloes are kept in several districts, more particularly of southern Italy.
Fruits and vegetables are plentiful, and there are large herds of buffaloes, goats and sheep. Silkworms are reared.
The buffaloes are used not only in agriculture, but also as beasts of burden, as draught-animals and for the saddle.