Ministry working on first gene bank for horses in Jordan

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AMMAN — As part of its efforts to develop the agricultural sector and livestock in the Kingdom, the Ministry of Agriculture, represented by the National Center for Agricultural Research, is working on developing a genetic bank for horses, the first of its kind at the national level, Al-Rai daily reported. اضافة اعلان

Mustafa Shdeifat, Director of Al-Khanaseri Agricultural and Animal Research Station told the newspaper that the development of the sperm bank is based on DNA tests for horses, with the aim of preserving and documenting the gene pool of purebred Arabian horses in the Kingdom. 

Barns have been established at Al-Khanaseri station and equipped with all the necessary requirements for the bank, in preparation for a program for horse care that includes breeding, nutrition, and health care. 

The project, called the Equine Breed Conservation Project, is part of the station’s goal which includes preserving other farm animals’ genetic assets in Jordan and preventing their disappearance over time.

He pointed to the lack of specialists in the field of horse care and animal research, noting that the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) is concerned with the registration of purebred horses around the world.

Shdeifat said that other animal species that are subject to research at Khanaseri are sheep, goats, poultry and camels, adding that a similar project concerned with the preservation of Arabian camels has been completed.

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