Saudi Arabia to create database on camels through microchip implants

The new project will contribute to the improvement of camels’ health and control the spread of diseases. (Shutterstock)

The Council of Ministers recently approved an ambitious project to create a national database for tracking camels via subcutaneous implanted rice-grain-size microchips, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has set up a committee to determine the mechanism for the mandatory application of electronic numbering and tracking microchips.

The project is part of a wider initiative to control animal diseases and create a database on each camel and its owner.

According to the ministry, there are about 1.4 million camels in Saudi Arabia, of which 14% are registered and tracked.

The new project will contribute to the improvement of camels’ health and control the spread of diseases.

The tracking mechanism is activated by a sterilized rice-grain-size microchip that is implanted permanently beneath the skin in the neck of the animal.

The chip contains a unique 15-digit number defining the animal. The chip is coated with a special material to prevent any allergic reactions and to ensure the safety of camel products.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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