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The United Arab Emirates has a significant wealth of livestock. The total number of camels in the country is estimated at 450,000, while sheep and goat herds are estimated at about 5 million, thus, constituting an important component of both food security and the national economy.

The MOCCAE and its partners focus their efforts in this area on developing conservation policies for this wealth and organizing commercial exploitation to enhance its contribution to the national economy and to narrowing the food gap. This can be achieved through developing and implementing the integrated management strategy for the protection and development of livestock, raising the rates of biosecurity, developing and implementing disease and epidemics prevention and monitoring programs, as well as improving mechanisms and standards of inspection and control on local farms and points of entry, in addition to developing and strengthening tools for the exchange of information at the local and global levels.

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