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Iran, FAO in joint project to protect bactrian camel

Iran and FAO has been involved in a joint protection scheme for purebred bactrian camel.

Iran and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have been involved in a joint project to protect purebred bactrian camel in Iran.

A senior official from Iran’s ministry of agriculture said on Saturday that FAO had earmarked funds worth $350,000 for the bactrian camel protection project in Iran.

Seyyed Reza Alian said that three-year scheme will mostly focus on the endangered animal's habitat in three provinces in northwest Iran.  

“It has been decided as part of the project that conditions for breeding the animal should be prepared in those provinces with the contribution of large local tribes,” said Alian.

He added that the population of purebred bactrian camels in Iran had dropped to 200 in recent years against a population of 200,000 one-humped camels that are scattered in various parts of the country.

The official said the Iranian agriculture ministry is now working on a project to expand the cultivation of halophytes or plants that grow in salty conditions to help boost breeding of camels in the country.

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