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Livestock Management Systems and Economy in the GCC

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Key Focal Points

  • To accommodate the shortfall from the rangeland, farmers have relied on growing exotic forages with high water requirements as supplementary feed. These species however have high water requirements and hence have affected the fossil groundwater reserves dramatically. Excessive use of underground water has resulted in lowering of water table, increased salinity and in severe cases the abandonment of croplands. Indigenous grasses on the other hand are adapted to the local climatic conditions and have proofed to respond significantly to very small amounts of water.
  • Uncontrolled importation of animals that were poorly screened for infection from African countries to meet progressive domestic demand led to the subsequent introduction of diseases, e.g. brucellosis. This constitutes a major health risk for the society.


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