NAIROBI– Residents of Samburu County in north-cenmtral Kenya, have called on the national government to invest in camel rearing as well as to support camel races, for which the county is famours.
This comes in the wake of low attendance of this year’s annual Maralal International Camel Derby which they blame on poor marketing of the event. The ancient Arabian tradition of camel racing took root in Kenya in the 1990s with the establishment of the Maralal International Camel Derby.
The annual event that attracts local and international camel riders aims at celebrating the Samburu culture and tradition. However this year, residents decried low attendance which they blame on poor marketing and lack of incentives for those dealing in camel rearing.
Camel traders want both the county and national government to invest in camel sporting activities to support camel rearing. Camel racing is a popular sport in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Australia.
While their counterparts in the hospitality industry made a kill from visitors who came to witness the event, camel traders say demand for hired camels was way below expectations.
Plans are being prepared to support value addition in camel rearing in view of rowing demand for camel products, including meat, milk and hides, especially in the United Arab Emirates.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK