(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) issued today its Annual Bulletin of Livestock Statistics - 2011, which presents the latest statistics livestock inventories, commercial farms and fisheries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
SCAD expressed its sincere thanks to the key providers of the data used in the bulletin, namely, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs, praising the ongoing collaboration with its strategic partners towards the production up-to-date and highly accurate agricultural statistics to support decision making in all areas related to this important sector.
This issue of the Bulletin presents and wide range of indicators that depict agricultural developments in Abu Dhabi during 2011, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the unlimited support of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.
The report tackles in detail all aspects of the livestock and presents a vast array of indicators, analyses tables and charts that assist in monitoring the trends prevailing across this sector; providing inputs for more specialized studies to support planning for future integrated strategies in this regard.
Structural change in the livestock inventory In 2011, the total livestock population in the Emirate of Dhabi amounted to 2,397,892 head, made up of 2,080,623 head of sheep and goats (87 percent of the total), 39,692 head of cattle (2 percent of the total) and 277,577 head of camels, representing 11 percent of the total livestock in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2011.
Distribution of the livestock population by region Abu Dhabi In Abu Dhabi region, the livestock population was 429,110 head, making up 18 percent of the total livestock inventory in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. A breakdown of this figure by type shows that Abu Dhabi has 379,883 head of sheep and goats, which is 88 percent of the total livestock and 18 percent of sheep and goats population in Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The total cattle herd in Abu Dhabi reached 3,948 head, which is 1 percent of the region's total livestock, and 10 percent of the total cattle herd in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The number of camels was 45,279 head, representing 11 percent of the total livestock population in Abu Dhabi and 16 percent of the total camel herd in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Al Ain In Al Ain region, the livestock inventory amounted to 1,507,623 head, making up 63 percent of total livestock in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Al Ain sheep and goats populations numbered 1,308,974 head or 87 percent of the total livestock in the region and 63 percent of sheep and goats population in Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Al Ain had a cattle herd of 34,640 head, which accounts for 2 percent of the total livestock herd in Al Ain and 87 percent of the cattle population in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The number of camels in Al Ain reached 164,009 head, which constitutes 11 percent of the total livestock in Al Ain, and 59 percent of the camel population in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2011.
Al Gharbia In Al Gharbia, the total livestock numbered 461,159 head, making up 19 percent of the total livestock in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Sheep and goat populations in Al Gharbia amounted to 391,766 heads or 85 percent of the total livestock in region, and 19 percent of the sheep and goats inventory in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In 2011, Al Gharbia region 1,104 cattle head, which make up 0.2 percent of the total livestock in region and 3 percent of the cattle herd in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The region had a camel population of 68,289 head, which represents 14.9 percent of the total livestock in Al Gharbia region, and 24 percent of the camel population in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2011.
Health statistics of livestock Health statistics of livestock present data on the veterinary activities that covered livestock populations during the period under review, including treatments and vaccinations in 2011.
The number of farm animals treated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during 2011 totalled 1,333,637 cases, including 680,465 cases in Al Ain with 60 percent of the total number of cases treated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, followed by Abu Dhabi region with 23 percent, and Al Gharbia with 17 percent of the total cases treated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2011.
Fish production statistics SCAD's report dedicates a section for fish production statistics, highlighting the increase in the world fish production in response to the steady rise in the global demand for fish, a trend that is likely to continue in light of the current rates of population growth and the rising income levels.
The cost line of Abu Dhabi Emirate extends for more than 500 kilometers, accommodating various forms of marine life. The Emirate's territorial waters embrace more than 200 islands of various size and historical and economic importance.
The total fish catch in 2011 was 3,922 tons, marking a decrease of 38 percent compared with 2010. The wholesale value of the fish production during the year under review is estimated at AED 69.4 million and required around 23,448 fishing trips, including 81 percent with tarads (motorized open fiberglass boats measuring 6-8 meters in length) and 19 percent with Lanshes (traditionally built wooden dhows ranging from 12 - 22 meters in length).
Serranidae accounted for the highest value of the annual fish catch, (AED 26.4 million) or 38 percent of the total value of the catch in 2011, followed by Scombridae at AED 13.1 million (19 percent), Lethrinidae at AED 12.8 million (18 percent) and Carangidae at AED 8.1 million or 12 percent of the total catch value.