Creation of North American camel association important for the sector: International Camel Organization (ICO) President


The founding of the North American Camel Ranches Owners Association (NACROA) is an important step in the development of the camel sector, Sheikh Fahd Hithleen, founder and president of the International Camel Organization (ICO) said on Thursday.

NACROA aims to support and promote the camel industry in North America and advocate for best practices related to camel welfare and health. The organization was under the supervision of the ICO.

Camel ranch owners in North America held meetings for the first time last September to discuss the development of an association under the ICObefore the group is formed later this month. Hithleen had previously signed up for the creation of NACROA, as well as other international organizations such as the European Camel Ranch Owners Association. On Thursday the ICO Founder said the creation of the new North American group will help develop the entire camel sector before later thanking the owners of the camel ranch for their efforts in recruiting NACROA as soon as possible.

The number of camel farms in North America has increased in recent years, a fact, Aaron Wendell, president of NACROA, pointed out on Thursday as the reason for the establishment of the group. Wendell added that the initiative was supported by the support of the ICO with the aim of better serving the camel sector.

Wendell also thanked Hithleen for his efforts and encouragement in advance of founding NACROA.

The ICO is a non-profit organization based in Riyadh founded by Hithleen in March 2019. The group currently comprises around 105 member countries from around the world and has set itself the goal of developing and serving the camel sector.

The Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Group) will also establish this association through the IsDB Group’s business forum (THIQAH).

Camel racing and camel polo are popular sports, especially in the Middle East. Last year, Saudi Arabia opened the world’s largest camel hospital in Riyadh ( for $ 36.5 million. The hospital will provide basic health care to camels, but will also treat chronic and infectious diseases and focus on research and development of camel breeding and fertilization.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Group).

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