Population of reindeer increases

2017-01-09 14:59:56

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The reindeer population in Khuvsgul province has been growing in recent years to reach 2040 reindeers showing an increase of 185 heads of reindeers or 9.9 percent compared to previous year, according to an annual livestock census made in the end of 2016.

The reindeer population, which was counted at over 2 thousand during the 1970s, declined to 926 at the end of 2007 facing threat of extinction. Thanks to central and municipal government measures and policies, the number of reindeers has now reached back to 2 thousand.

The decree of the President of Mongolia to give benefits to reindeer herders resulted in an improved livelihood and decline in sales of their reindeers. Also, a project to improve reindeer breed by bringing reindeers from neighboring countries is giving its benefits in Khuvsgul province.