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International society for camel research to be set up in UAE

posted on 10/04/2006: 2223 views

An international society for the promotion of camel research and development is to be set up in the UAE, the UAE University announced yesterday. It will be the first global society in which countries with an interest in camel research and development will take part. Currently no such society exists and individual research efforts are carried out in different countries, said Dr Ghaleb A. Alhadrami, a senior faculty member at the College of Food and Agriculture of the UAE University.

"This is our idea and people from many countries have shown an interest in it," said Dr Alhadrami at a press conference to announce the first conference of the International Society of Camelids Research and Development (ISOCARD). The scientific family name for camels and llamas, all of which have feet with two toes and thick leathery soles, is camelid. The animal is already known for its dairy and meat production and small camelids are known for their high value wool.

Dr Alhadrami said societies for different animals existed in the world but no society had ever been formed to take care of research on camelids anywhere in the world. "We felt the need for a global platform for camelids since the camel is an important animal in the UAE and Arab world," he added.

The structure of the association and its objectives will be formally announced at ISOCARD's first conference being held at Al Ain Rotana Hotel from April 15 to 17, he said. The event will be inaugurated by Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of UAE University.

Earlier, announcing the details of the conference, Dr Abdullah Al Khanbashi, Provost of UAE University, said: "The conference will provide an opportunity for all camelid scientists and specialists to exchange knowledge and update scientific information." He said more than 30 countries would participate in the conference. (Gulf News)


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