High quality camels ‘needed’

High quality camels ‘needed’
Updated 11 April 2015

High quality camels ‘needed’

High quality camels ‘needed’

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in the Kingdom has stressed on the need to accelerate production of high-quality camels.
“This is possible with the improvement of research for sustainable development of camel production in the Kingdom,” FAO representative Abdallah Oihabi said.
He made the statement during the “Sub-Regional Workshop on Camel Genetic Improvement of Camel Performances” at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel on Wednesday. Ten Saudi scientists from the Ministry of Agriculture attended the workshop. The camel project has a budget of $3.5 million for five years.
FAO would collate the data and information from the speakers and participants from 20 countries and make recommendations to the Ministry of Agriculture.
Oihabi said there was a need to produce high-quality camels because of the great demand for camel milk and meat in Saudi Arabia which imports these from African countries like Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Eritrea.
“Camel meat and milk have dietetic and nutritive values. They are consumed by people suffering from diabetes, cancer and infectious diseases,” said Oihabi, who has been with the FAO for the last 14 years.
Bernard Faye, FAO chief technical adviser for camel project, said that it’s important to increase camel productivity because “the potential is very high but we need good selection of high-producing camels.”
He said that camels could be used for different purposes. Aside from meat and milk, wool and leather products could be made out of camels.