Camel research and development
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CTA. 1991. Camel research and development. Spore 33. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Over the past few years there has been an increasing interest in improving the productivity of camels. This is shown by the greatly increased research output, the number of conferences organized with camels as a theme, and investment in development...
Over the past few years there has been an increasing interest in improving the productivity of camels. This is shown by the greatly increased research output, the number of conferences organized with camels as a theme, and investment in development projects in which the camel is a major component. In ACP countries camels are found particularly in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Sahel countries. The role of camels in multiple-species herds, where they complement rather than compete with cattle, goats and sheep, IS now well documented and recognized. It is also now realized that they are mainly kept by their owners to provide milk, although transport is still important in some areas. A conference in Tobruk, Libya, held on 10-13 December, 1990 was attended by 300 people from 25 countries and several regional and international organizations. Seventy-five scientific papers were presented and a visit was made to a camel ranch cooperative. There were interesting round table discussions with traditional owners whose views on research and development priorities did not always agree with those of the scientists. The International Fund for Agricultural Development is shortly to make a grant of US$5 million for establishing a research network on camels. The network, which will be managed by a technical committee elected from scientists in research institutions working on the camel, will be based at the Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands in Damascus, Syria. Guiding principles of the network will be to support applied and adaptive research and to refuse support for work which duplicates that already done. Research on the Old World camels, particularly in the field of reproduction, will also be supported on a network basis by the French Institut d'Elevage et de Medecine Veterinaire des Pays Tropicaux (IEMVT). A recently formed African network, which in its early stages will concentrate on information exchange, covers Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The FAO/IAEA Joint Division for Nuclear Related Techniques in Food and Agriculture has also recently launched a Collaborative Research Programme on Improving the Productivity of Camelids. Unlike the other intitiatives this one will cover all camelids in the Old World (Camelus spp) and also the New World camelids (Lama spp) in the Andean countries. Dr Mohammed Wardeh ACSADS PO Box 2440 Damascus SYRIA Dr Mounir Kamoun Reseau Maghrebin du Dromadaire Ecole Superieure d'Agriculture 7030 Mateur TUNISIA