The authorities of Saudi Arabia have introduced mandatory chipping of the most common livestock in the kingdom - camels. This was reported by the television channel Al Arabia.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture specified that the animal labeling program, numbering 1,4 million individuals nationwide, has been in effect for five years. However, earlier it was done at the request of the owners. By now, despite the efforts of the Ministry's employees and the agitational program, only 14,2% of camels were able to register.
According to statistics, the largest number of camels in the capital province is Riyadh (322 thousand), followed by Ash-Sharqiya (256 thousand).
As noted in the Ministry of Agriculture, the campaign is designed to guarantee food security, as meat and milk of these animals are very popular among local residents. Not the last role, the authorities believe, chipping will play in the suppression of the spread of diseases. The first on this list was the coronavirus that is dangerous for humans.
The strain was first discovered in September 2012 year in Saudi Arabia. 15 May 2013 year, the coronavirus research group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses decided to assign the new disease the name Coronavirus of the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. According to experts, single-horned camels living in the Arabian Peninsula could become the source of the disease.