Wednesday, June 22, 2011

World Camel Day. 22 June, 2011

World Camel Day. 22 June, 2011


Dr Abdul Raziq
Dry lands are judiciously use by precious indigenous livestock breeds and camel is one of the most important among those breeds. The best utilization of marginal dry and deserted lands is livestock keeping as crop production is not sustainable agricultural activity. Camel is solution for many difficult questions of near future, especially climate change, water shortage and global warming etc. Camel uses water and feed resources very sensibly under very harsh and hostile environmental conditions.  Camel is very affective biological model, needs very scarce inputs and produce efficiently more than other livestock on per unit feed/water consumption. Details about the unique characteristics of camel can be revising from the following link.

In spite of all its characteristics camel culture is facing many challenges. Such challenges are now well addressed by many camel scientists. In the present decade, the importance of camel is well realized and documented. Many scientific literatures were produced to highlight camel importance. Many camel projects were initiated on camel milk and other utilization. A camel bicultural paper is one of the unique of its kind.

To highlight the importance of camel and challenges it faces, a world camel day was proposed by the author and ultimately 22 June was declared as world camel day. Camel day will be celebrate in many parts of the world by camel scientists and activist to highlight it as integral part of biodiversity and efficient biological model in the dry and deserted lands of the world.

Society of animal, vet and environmental scientists (SAVES) and LIFE Network Pakistan is going to celebrate this day by conducting seminars and media campaign in Pakistan. As UN is celebrating the decade of Biodiversity,

It is very in place to celebrate camel day and correlate it with the decade of biodiversity. Camel is very integral part of the world of biodiversity and not harmful for flora as camel takes few bite and walk to the other plant. Camel pad is like cushion and not harmful for the plants in the rangelands and desert.

Thanks to all camel scientists and activists who supported me for declaring a world camel day.

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About the Author
Author is the president of the Society of Animal, Vet. and Environmental Scientists (SAVES). I had been working on the issues of the dry lands and indigenous livestock breeds for food and agriculture. The author have the experience of livestock keeping, breeding and healthcare with both indigenous and modern knowledge. He had been working with the pastoral people for last 10 years, while characterizing and documenting livestock breeds and indigenous knowledge, especially related to camel. Ahthor had been delivering training to the livestock keepers in remote for vaccination, drenching and other valuable practices. I am the author of the indigenous livestock breeds, livestock production systems of the tribal people and indigenous knowledge in Balochistan province, Cholistan and Thar Desert of the Great Indian Desert. He had been traveling with the Afghan nomads (Kochis) to work and document on indigenous knowledge and livestock breeds/husbandry.

Author organized camel scientists and herder in Pakistan and founded Camel Association of Pakistan. I am PhD in camel science and presented many international research presentations at various occasions.Dr Abdul Raziq had visited many countries and research stations.

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