Here’s a match made in Heaven… Australia feels itself overrun with feral camels that destroy crops and cropland. Saudi Arabia likes camels, finding them quite tasty, among other things. So now, the two governments are entering negotiations to ship the Aussie camels to the Kingdom. The sticking point seems to be in guaranteeing that the camels are healthy enough to suit the Saudi table.
Australian camels may soon find their way into Kingdom
Ahmad Abdullah | Okaz/Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH – The Ministry of Agriculture has entered into negotiations with its Australian counterpart over importing Australian camels into the Kingdom according to specific standards and conditions, said Dr. Khalid Al-Fuhaid, assistant undersecretary for livestock affairs at the ministry.
“We’re still negotiating with Australian officials. We’ll import live camels from Australia according to certain quarantine measures because Australian camels live in the countryside far away from cities. They will be imported for human consumption purposes,” the ministry official said.
Saudi importers and Australian exporters entered into talks following the Australian government’s decision to cull camels which have caused a lot of damage to countryside homes and crops and have multiplied over the past years. Australians do not like consuming camel meat or milk, therefore the government is considering exporting camel meat to the Kingdom when and if Saudi consumers show interest.
Australian farmers and cattle owners formed teams to cull camels that have eaten a large quantity of their crops in the northern region and destroyed water reservoirs and pumps and wreaked havoc.