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The Livestock Development Ministry had made inquiries about the prices of camels in Middle-Eastern countries through the Sri Lankan diplomatic missions, Deputy Minister H.R. Mithrapala said.

Mr. Mithrapala, during the budget debate earlier this month, said that the government decided to farm camels and ostriches in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, he said that inquiries were made about the prices of camels in some countries such as Saudi Arabia. “I personally contacted the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia. Prices of camels are very high. Anyway, we will get a detailed report very soon,” he said.

Asked for the reason to farm these animals in Sri Lanka, he said that the government expected an increase of tourists from Arabic countries in the future and therefore, their favored food items such as camel milk should be made available for them in the island.

“There should also be diversity in livestock industry,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Durbheeksha Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:12 AM

    We got enough camels here, more than 19 million, used by 225 wolves!

    Rizmi Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:20 AM

    Did you forget?..... We need Kangaroo milk for the Australian tourist specially during the matches. WC 2011

    Sanath R Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:41 AM

    We should promote our flora and fauna to the visitors. This typically shows the ignorance and stupidity of the so called people in the political hireachy.

    Dinesh Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:47 AM

    YES,This is a good idea,these animals can be used for transport.

    w.g.l Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:00 AM

    if you can imported water buffalo is very much better because lot of tourist will came

    FRANNY Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:02 AM


    THE PORT Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:10 AM


    dian gomes Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:11 AM

    I think MR do not need to go to mid east countries looking for camels. If he looks out within his family he can find enough and more for all purposes.

    Duma Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:07 AM

    We can export donkeys, since there are plenty of them here

    Duma Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:14 AM

    Next these guys destroy forests to make desert saying that "without desert what is the purpose of camel".

    prasad Wednesday, 22 December 2010 06:45 AM

    I thought we have 20milions camels, Api 'Otuwo' kiyala hitha genane me politikko wada karanne.

    Otuwa Wednesday, 22 December 2010 07:30 AM

    Why buy camels, there is plenty of camels in Australia( more than all the middle east pu ttogether. Just ask the Aussie High Commission, they will suppy it in millions of camels free of charge.

    mafa Wednesday, 22 December 2010 07:41 AM

    Hope you are inspired by the Arabic camels!, when our donkeys dont know what to do for the country, then people try to become camels as well

    M IMTIYAZ Wednesday, 22 December 2010 07:37 AM

    A Camel will Cost Saudi Riyals 15000.00 minimum. So How can we afford such big money. Kohida Yanne Malle Pol in Budget speechs by minister to hide thier inablility

    Awshad Rahim Wednesday, 22 December 2010 07:39 AM


    Alibaba Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:20 AM

    How about the CAMELS we voted for,have they deserted us.

    nadeesha Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:09 AM

    Why from Saudi Arabia ??? Already we have 225 camels in our parliament .....

    Bluff Bluff Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:21 AM

    No need of donkeys. We have enough!

    Pawlpakse Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:17 AM

    Alright... So tourists from the middleast would always like to come to Sri Lanka if there is camel milk available.
    Did you arrive at this decision after condulting a cow?

    The Undertaker Wednesday, 22 December 2010 08:20 AM


    Kolitha Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:25 AM

    C'mon Everybody has to rally round to prevent these kind of unnecessary public spending...
    We have too many other problems in this country.

    ANJ Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:26 AM

    We have to import good brains & transplant them to all politicians( IF Available in Any Country ) in order to avoid sucha stupid actions which taken our honourable minister.

    oyage podi guru Wednesday, 22 December 2010 10:27 AM

    Leave the camels where they belong: in desert areas. What affluent Arab tourist comes to Sri Lanka thinking he will have to have his camel milk? And I think the question of ostriches for their eggs is an equally half baked idea! I might be wrong, but I think most 21st century people in the Middle East drink cow's milk and some goat's milk. The latter, by the way, is being imported already from the USA!

    Rudy Wednesday, 22 December 2010 10:56 AM

    Looking towards a day when Sri Lanka becomes a desert?

    Arasi Wednesday, 22 December 2010 12:21 PM


    Alibaba Wednesday, 22 December 2010 12:33 PM

    Better open Red Light Streets soon before people drink Camel Milk & eat Dates

    asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:18 PM

    I don't think this report is correct. Very unprofessional reporting as usual.
    They government is looking at camels milk and ostrich eggs as alternative nutrients for Sri Lankans. Somebody must have joked that the govt. is looking at bringing these down for Arab tourists who come here and the reporter must have overheard this joke and taken it seriously.

    Lankan Thursday, 23 December 2010 03:34 AM

    You're missing the point Asoka. Be it for nutrition or otherwise, the ministry is going against nature introducing animals into our eco system that are completely foreign... We have to spend extra just to maintain them because their genetic makeup is not used to our environment/ eco system. Good example is what happened with the pythons which were introduced in Florida that started threatening their bio diversity. This is clearly an idea that was not thought through at all...

    rumi Friday, 24 December 2010 11:56 AM

    very funny. own people are suffering but poor politician is interestingly about tourist. we sent these politician to look after our interest but instead they are worried about tourist. what a funny politician.

    Sferdi Tuesday, 04 January 2011 05:13 AM

    Stupid idea...who proposed this..? idiot.

    TomSamusa Tuesday, 21 December 2010 09:54 PM

    Belly dancers,and kagju girls will be a better choice than camels.
    The govt could display some of donkeys they have in abundance.

    Ramesh Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:38 PM

    What a waste? Aren't they educated? I meant the camel as I know the politicians are dumb

    kumar Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:43 PM

    This is excellent news. Why did no one think of such a unique idea?? Camels have very thick skins, fairly intelligent and there is a special breed that can carry anyone over a long distance. With petrol prices escalating, a herd of camels for every MP and Minister is a definite need. Reduce the tax for ministers and MPs but there should be a higher tax for jokers and idiots.

    zorro Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:58 PM

    we do not have any coconuts in Sri Lanka but we import camels! Are these people mad. Why not increase our domestic agro products to maximum and earn enough foreign currency then we can import camel milk. It is like buying the cat with the sack, without knowing what we are getting. Has anybody made a plausibility study or any risk analysis on this matter?

    Anjula Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:12 PM

    Dear Minister,

    First of all think about to develop our country using natural sources which sri lanka already has.importing Camels from other countries is caused to get commissions through monkey business. so that u will not get any profitability via this project. Also please be awre if you don't know. That all Middle east peoples are comming to visit sri lanka to have sri lankan specialities.If they need to drink Camel Milk. They have better chance to get them in their countries, So don't try to give others to do Monkey business that easily Politician can involve

    ZULFEEKAR Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:17 PM

    Dear Minister ...Please try with Indian authorities,they may help you in finding good ,economical camel in their country. It's available in Rajasthan state and already started giving Qurbani even in small villages from Kerala and Tamil nadu states. The cost will be , about forty thousand Indian Rupees for one good camel. Zulfeekar

    Aru Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:53 PM

    Now who is going to drink camel milk and eat ostrich eggs? People who cannot manage the dairy industry are trying to get down exotic species. Sri Lankan palettes are not accustomed to this junk. Unless of course Mithrapala stuffs them down the throats of his colleagues. Don't display your ignorance Mr Minister and waste public funds. If you so like them, have a couple of animals in your backyard.

    anemagekata Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:58 PM

    I thought this was a joke!!

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 21 December 2010 06:07 PM

    Very Practical. The WEST is on the verge of bankruptcy or already bankrupt. Now look to the middle east and the far east for tourism, business and investment.

    Take 2 steps ahead and a step behind to be ahead of the rest.

    Thats the NEW WORLD ORDER !

    rohandil Tuesday, 21 December 2010 06:52 PM

    Yes minister... camael's for the Arabic touriest and is it going to be dogs for the Koreans.

    shifaz Tuesday, 21 December 2010 07:09 PM

    there are 225+1 camels in our parliment why do we have to import

    sena Tuesday, 21 December 2010 07:18 PM

    diversity in life stock? Do not these people know the risk to the existing animals (an even people) when foreign species are introduced with no impact study

    Anonymous Tuesday, 21 December 2010 07:51 PM

    Also, if tourists are coming from the Arabian countries let them experience life in Sri Lanka as it is without trying to create a mini middle east in Sri Lanka. That is such a foolish reason to bring camels to the country... We should be promoting our authenticity... not mimic what they get in their own countries 365 days of the year... Unbelievable!!

    raymond Tuesday, 21 December 2010 08:48 PM

    Sri Lanka has enough buffaloes in parliament???

    Otuwa Tuesday, 21 December 2010 09:21 PM

    We have enough camels (otuwo) in Parliment....

    TPB Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:43 PM

    Why import Camels when there are so many Buffaloes near Diyawannawa

    Gamaraala Tuesday, 21 December 2010 10:34 PM

    Y do v need to import... there are lots in the parliment..???

    Otuwa Tuesday, 21 December 2010 11:34 PM

    No more Camels.......... There is Enough in the Parliament..

    Dilan Joseph Tuesday, 21 December 2010 11:57 PM

    Ha.. Ha.. ho. ho.... I just love Sri Lankan Ministers. They look into Sri Lankan future beyond the next millennium.

    prad Wednesday, 22 December 2010 12:25 AM

    better find a way to feed our own country people ! rather than spending money to entertain the arabs ! may be too much money ! dont know what to do !

    shameer Wednesday, 22 December 2010 12:51 AM

    confusing govt policies as usual. govt is expecting a diversity of livestock, but muslims were obstructed on festival celebrations & on beef issues.

    Viduna Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:06 AM

    I love Camels. I want a job in that camel farm.

    Shiyam Wednesday, 22 December 2010 01:07 AM

    Please please tell me where that camel farm is going to be. It is my favorite hobby to look after Camels. Lets both go there Viduna.

    ase Wednesday, 22 December 2010 03:45 AM

    Mr. Minister, do you aware of other problems regarding bringing down camels and other non residential animals to us ?????? I think you should refer to countries like Australia, they have huge problems with camels, think they too need food, grass, our elephants even do not have enough food, tourists come and go but we have to live here, so think thrice before you take such actions, on the other hand we should show the tourist our land and our culture not promote there habits in our country.

    Irshard Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:04 AM

    Well Said!!!!!!!

    Gayan Samarasekara Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:03 AM

    Camels for tourism????? I wonder how these jokers think. What a waste of public funds for the ministry.

    AjayH Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:08 AM

    Import Chicken, Eggs, Coconut & now Camels. So this is the road to becoming the wonder of Asia !

    sand Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:18 AM

    No grass available for camels in Saudi. May be something else

    Hosni Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:41 AM

    Plsease ,allow people employed in Arabic countries to import this camels

    Suresh Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:02 AM

    I think this is a huge waste of money - not to mention the environmental impact of introducing fauna and flora from abroad.

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