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Syrian Farmer Establishes Ostrich Farm, One of the Largest in Region.

Homs, Central Syria, (SANA) - The increasing international interest in establishing ostrich farms and the high revenue of this kind of investment have inspired the Syrian farmer Mohammed Rida Tlimat to start his own business two years ago.

Tlimat said in a statement to SANA that his farm is one of the largest projects for breeding African ostrich and the Australian Emu in the region.

He added that the project consists of three phases.

The first phase, already completed, includes establishing ostrich breeding farm, starting with 100 female birds and 50 African ostriches to produce around 3000 ostriches per year, with the aim of widening the project and increasing its productivity.

The farm comprises 15 Australian ostriches "Emu" with the aim of mating and increasing its numbers to benefit from its fat and oil, known to be the most expensive in the world.

"The farm includes Canadian incubators and hatchery for most kinds of poultry using the latest international techniques with a capacity of 1000 ostrich eggs and annual production of 6000 ostriches," said Tlimat.

The second phase aims at building a tourist village for ostriches, the first of its kind in the Arab world and the fifth internationally, benefiting from its vicinity to Palmyra archeological city.

The third phase, which is still under study, includes the establishment of an advanced mechanized factory for slaughtering, packing and freezing of ostrich meat to be ready for sale.

Another factory for tanning ostrich leather is planned to be built as well, along with a facility for extracting ostrich and Emu oil.

Tlimat underscored the economic value of ostrich for its meat which is rich with nutritional elements, as well as its oil, used in medical ointment industry and cosmetic materials.

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