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In its fresh attempt to raise camels in Sri Lanka, the Livestock Development Ministry had inquired for prices of animals from Pakistan since the price is as high as Rs.600, 000 an animal in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minster H.R. Mithrapala said. 

Camel farming in selected areas such as Mannar is the brainchild of the Deputy Minister. Besides, Minister Aurumugam Thondaman has proposed to farm ostriches in Sri Lanka for eggs.

“One organization of animal lovers has asked us not to farm camels here. Yet, we have to find ways and means to feed our children with nutritious food,” he said.

Ministry Secretary A.H. Gamage said that the project was still at study levels. “We are yet to take any concrete step,” he said.

Asked about the plan to farm ostriches in Sri Lanka, he said that no action had so far been taken in this respect.

According to UN reports, camel milk is rich in vitamins B and C. It also has iron ten times more than cow’s milk. Camel milk is saltier than cow’s milk, and widely consumed in Arabic countries. However, research has shown that antibodies in camel milk can fight diseases like cancer, HIV/Aids and hepatitis according to UN reports.

 Milk is also well suited for cheese production. UN reports say that research is now carried out whether the consumption of camel milk can reduce the risk of heart diseases and diabetics. With improved feeding, husbandry and veterinary care daily yields could rise to 20 litres. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Hash Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:00 AM

    What about the 40,000 odd stray cattle in the North. Why can't we use them ?

    man otuwa Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:04 AM

    Camels are usually living in deserts, isnt it?
    Surely, next our donkeys will try to form some deserts in Sri Lanka as 'Camel Farms'.

    MK Wednesday, 12 January 2011 06:48 AM

    What an idea!

    wellwisher Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:49 PM

    kotthu rotty with camel meat and ostrich egg.....mmm must be yummy waiting for the day.

    stanley de silva Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:42 AM

    no need to import camels we have enough of them in our parliment

    Mahadana mutta Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:46 AM

    Super comment Faqi!

    Mahadana mutta Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:48 AM

    How much is the cut per camel????

    ashan Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:51 AM

    Ostriches Eggs and Camel milk for the ministers.. Haha..

    ashan Wednesday, 12 January 2011 08:53 AM

    Ya! they are gona kill all of them for meat.. Siya rata dee, Amathilage sakkuwata Sepa dee......

    TY Wednesday, 12 January 2011 09:11 AM

    Very true, these cameltarians cannot hide their heads like the camel do in sand storm because they have no shame on them

    nimal Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:38 PM

    why not improve currently availbale cow farms?? rather than goin to infeasible projects??

    api otuwo kiyalada hithunnne??

    Dillum-Canada Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:54 PM

    Hope this would not be another project which will cost the country to send delegations for feasibility studies....etc and end up without a result as most of the previous projects.

    dxb Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:55 PM

    we cannot afford current egg cost, how they hel r we goign to buy Ostrich eggs

    gona Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:03 PM

    Donkey MP, goats are better than camels, import from South Africa.

    Charlie Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:23 PM

    Why can't the government bring more milk cows for that money rather than unnecessary things?

    sinhalaya Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:29 PM

    IT WILL BE FAIR EXCHANGE IF WE CAN EXPORT OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS IN EXCHANGE OF CAMELS OR FOR THAT MATTER WITH ASSES. WILL SAVE MUCH NEEDED FOREIGN EXCHANGE.

    DESILVA Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:35 PM

    ARE WE MAD to Drtink OTU KIRI!

    makhan Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:04 PM

    The camel and his importers - each has his own plan??

    Tilan Perera Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:08 PM

    YES Minister this is what we need now

    Coconut - Rs 60/=
    Egg - Rs 18/=
    Bread - Rs 50/=
    Many paddy fields are destroyed due to flood and many people are suffering without proper food........

    Forget all about. Go and buy Camels.

    Faqi Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:56 PM

    I thought we had enough camels in Parliament! Why import more?

    Percy Mandawala Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:38 AM

    People will eat the camels in parliament if they come without security.

    Dinesh Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:50 AM

    I suggest you can ask from Iran free of charge.Initialy they said to accormodate the arabic tourists they are are briging these animals now turnned to nutiritous food to children.What an "IDEA"

    Jehan Wednesday, 12 January 2011 01:27 AM

    Otuwo? thats all we need!

    cracko Wednesday, 12 January 2011 01:46 AM

    Cheaper and better for the environment than the cars. All car permits should be changed to 'camel permits' for ministers.

    TDDC Wednesday, 12 January 2011 01:51 AM

    Another good step forward, we can eat fresh camel meet also, once the milking is over.

    Fayad Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:39 AM

    Gona wageda Otuwa ????Gon wada epaawela

    Wimal_Madawansa Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:38 AM

    And inturn Raja Pakse- istan will export donkeys with Parliamentory experience to Pakistan.

    sxhabeeb Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:42 AM

    why sudden rush to bring camels... ? what is idea behind the seen. well... how many of them know how hot the camel meat is.... the health ministry also has to be ready to give treatment for the side effects of first consumption of this camel meat. cos itsvery hot..... i have consumed.... wow....

    Cobra Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:44 AM

    Why look at camels in the first place when we have enough buffaloes????


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