After my ideas of camel4all and camel4milk, my friend Usman introduced agri4africa.

Originally posted on Dr. B. A. Usman's Blog:

Agricultural transformation is a priority for Africa. Across the continent, the significant information needs of farmers ? accurate local weather forecasts, relevant advice on agricultural practices and input use, real time price information and market logistics ? remain largely unmet. To the extent that rural regions are typically sparsely populated with limited infrastructure and dispersed markets, the use of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) overcome some of these information asymmetries and connect farmers to opportunities that weren’t necessarily available to them earlier. Harnessing the rapid growth of digital technologies holds hope for transformative agricultural development.


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Camelait! Al Ain Camel Dairy Product


Al Ain Camel dairy product. Camel milk is natural pharmacy and protect human body from many ailment, i.e. diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, rheumatism, ulcer, arthritis and many other disease. The product is available in different quantity and with different level of fat contents. Also skimmed milk is available. Soon camel milk powder and ice cream will be available.

The camel is unique and precious animal and producing a highly important, biological and eco-friendly food items. For more details about camel milk ccharacteristics Please follow the links below.

Open Gardens a Treat for the Public

Originally posted on Garden Walk Garden Talk:


What does that mean to you? Here in Western New York it pretty much means a summer-long string of gardens open to the public, where gardeners invite in the public on designated days to view their private gardens. Many times these gardens are larger than the city gardens of Garden Walk Buffalo being in surrounding towns and villages. Others, like above are public gardens that are open without special invitation. Garden Walk Buffalo gardens do participate as well, but these are gardens visitors might not venture to because of distance and time. They are well worth the gas it takes to get there.

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How to Cook Camel Meat…


How to Cook Camel Meat

Originally posted on Emiratican Kitchen:

Hello all,

I have only had camel meat three times in my life, twice was at a bedouin family’s wedding in Al Ain and the other was at a party at my sister-in-law’s house.  To me it tastes just like lamb…but it isn’t fatty like lamb meat.  The way that the camel meat was cooked when we had it at the wedding was quite delicious and hard to forget the succulent taste and the tenderness of the meat.

The best camel meat to use for cooking is from the younger camel because the older the more tougher.

Well, to tell you the truth I have not cooked camel meat at my home but for the purpose of this post I will use lamb meat which is the same method used for cooking camel meat.  The way that I am cooking this meat is the same way the meat (lamb, chicken…

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Moroccan Camel Stew


Camel Meat

Originally posted on susan sink:

somali camel in st cloudA week ago, when I went into St. Cloud Meat and Grocery, one of several Somali grocery stores in town, to buy some rice, there were a couple guys in the back of the store chopping meat. I asked what kind of meat they had, thinking if it was lamb I would buy some.

“Camel,” said the owner.


He smiled. “Do you want to see it?” Well, of course I did. We went to the meat counter and he showed me the bags of chunky red meat, some of the chunks entirely fat. The boys were busily mincing up some other kind of meat.

How could I resist? I bought a little over a pound of camel stew meat. “What is it like?” I asked the man. “What other meat recipes should I look for?”

camel stew ingredients“It’s like goat,” he said. After quickly considering and dispensing with the idea…

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Inimitable Features of Camel! Answer to Complicated Questions of Future

Inimitable Features of Camel! Solution for Complicated Challenges of Future~ At the juncture of the World Camel Day 2014

The World Camel Day (WCD) is observe every year at the juncture of longest and hottest day (North Hemisphere of the globe! as this parts is the cradle of domestication for the old world camelids i.e. Bactrian and the dromedary) of the year. The suggestion of the WCD was initiated by the author and soon supported by many camel stakeholders and known international organizations.

This year, I was supposed to participate in the EC meeting of the ISOCARD in Almaty Kazakhstan (21-22 June 2014) to discuss the planning and programs for International camel conference under the patronage of ISOCARD. Besides my keen interest and measures, I could not manage to participate because of some logistic issues.

Thanks to Dr Younas (chairman of the Livestock Management Department and president of the Camel Association of Pakistan) for his kind invitation to participate in ceremony of WCD in University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). This invitation helped me in releasing my apprehension as I was unable to attend EC meeting.

I travelled from my home town Loralai, traditionally known as Borai, via Multan. I stayed one night in Multan Fruit Market with my brother Rafiq. It was mango season as well as Multan is home tract of the delicious mangoes. Brother and his colleague offered me the incredibly delicious and juicy mangoes; Malta Sarohi, Dosehri, Desi etc. There are so many varieties and I really forgot the names of those varieties.

The next day (20th June) I reached UAF, the weather was very hot; reminded me the importance of camel. It was really a camel weather, harsh and hostile. In the evening, the hot weather changed into wind and later on in rain. The weather became so pleasant and heart touching in a while.

I met Dr Ilse Koehler Rollefson (she came from India via Wahga border) and discussed the issues related to camel and pastoralism. Dr Ilse is a well known German scientist/activist and work for well-being of camel communities in India. She was invited by Dr Younas to participate in the festivity of WCD and give her speech on ‘Trend and Potential of Camel in South Asia’. In the evening the camel dancing with the drums, students and academia participated in annual function of Faculty of Animal Husbandry (FAH).


The formal WCD 22nd June, due to some reasons the day was celebrated a date earlier. Today (21st June), a great ceremony was opened in New Senate Hall of the UAF. A huge number of media people, students, activists, academia and researchers participated in the ceremony. The camel milk brand Dachi Camel Milk was launched by the Department of Livestock Management of the UAF. Mr Rizvi (media person from NHK channel of Japan) specially travelled from Islamabad to cover this special event. Dr Abdul Raziq (author), Dr Ilse Kohler Rollefson, Dr Younas and others delivered the key speeches on different aspects of camel and its related issues.

Brief of the speeches

Dr Abdul Raziq highlighted the importance of camel in the socio-cultural and socio-economic context of the camel habitats. Camels enable life and livelihood of pastoralists in harsh and hostile ecosystems and produce unique food stuffs in conditions where other domestic livestock species are rather hard to survive. Camel produces eco-friendly and its water foot print are quite appealing. This is camel century and camel can really beat the challenges of the climate change. Camel is a unique model for sustainable and low input livestock production systems. Unfortunately, its role is never praised and appreciated at policy levels. Camel data is very scarce and unreliable sometimes. Due to calamities of climate change and other unknown reasons; camel is facing emerging fatal diseases like respiratory syndrome etc. Due to negligence, such havocs are never addressed properly; resulted in heavy losses. The WCD was therefore proposed and initiated to aware all stakeholders about the importance of camel on one hand and find ways to cope with the emerging challenges of the camels’ world.

Dr Ilse said that her visit to Pakistan proved extremely instructive as camel numbers are on the increase (1 million head; Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013-14). This trend is in stark contrast to the situation in neighboring India where camel numbers have dropped to around 200,000, according to in-official sources. She elaborated the details of the activities of LPP (League for Pastoral People; a German based NGO) regarding camel development in Rajasthan. She stressed to find ways for harvesting untapped resources of camel to enhance income of camel herders. The production of Bio-paper from the camel dung, camel ice-cream, Camel Yathra and knitting rugs from camel fiber in Rajasthan are the outcomes of unique ideas of Dr Ilse. She also expressed her concerns about the negligence of the policy makers, emerging diseases and lack of interest of the veterinarians regarding camel. She also gifted Bio-paper diaries to the worthy Vice Chancellor (Dr Iqrar A Khan) and to the president of the CAP (Dr Muhammad Younas).

Dr Younas elaborated the role and importance of the CAP. He detailed out the aims and objectives of the CAP and its role in camel development. He announced the next CAP meeting cum seminar in Lasbela University (LUAWMS) in February 2015. He told that the election of the CAP will also be accomplished in that seminar. Dr Younas also told about the research interest of students in camel aspects.

Dr Iqrar A Khan (VC of UAF) highlighted the importance of the camel in dry and deserted lands of the world. He said that it is really a camel century and he was very optimistic about the role of camel as food security animal in the days to come. He also expressed his concerns regarding the camel statistics and data on camel in the country. He told about his contact with camel culture in Sultanate Oman. He expressed his concerns regarding the weak interest of veterinarians in camel health. He told that while asking from the Veterinarians regarding their animal of interest; they always mentioned dog and cat as their favorite animals.

Speech by the camel hobbyist (Shah sab from Bhakkar) really fascinated the viewers. He told about the polite nature of the camel and its intelligence regarding learning the commands of the instructor. Sha sab was kind enough as he brought 3 dancing camel with the music band to celebrate WCD in UAF.

The director Camel breeding farm Rakh Mani at Bhakkar told about the on farm activities of camel. He presented his heartiest offer to researchers and academia for research and study different aspects of camel in semi-intensive farming situation.

After the first session in New Senate Hall, all the participants, media people, students and other stakeholders enjoyed the camel dancing with the drums. Different media groups shots picture, videos and interviews for their channels.

Second session was conducted in another Hall. Dr Younas and Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi presented on camel milk and reproduction respectively. Dr Qureshi highlighted the interesting and unique reproductive aspects of camel. He told about his experience in camel reproduction during his job in UAE.

Camel Biryani

After second session Lunch with camel Biryani (camel meat cooked in rice) was offered to all participants. It was so delicious, aromatic and tender meat. The experts expressed that camel meat export can be a good source of income for the camel herders of Pakistan.

Meeting of the CAP

After the dinner, the CAP meeting was incepted. Different issues were discussed in the meeting. The main issues discussed were; registration of the members, budget of the CAP, registration of the organization at country level and making different working groups. Tapping the role of social media in promoting CAP and its cause was also discussed and it was decided that a facebook page for CAP will be launch soon (the page is launched with the link as; …..)

 Success stories of SAVES and CAP

  1. Biocultural Community Protocol (BCP) of Rohi Pastoralists of Cholistan strengthened and aware Rohi Community resulted in the inclined prices of their camel. Their camels received higher prices (10 times more) than ever. Biocultural Community Protocol is etiquette to documents the bio-assets of a community in their own perception.
  2. Dachi Camel Milk was launched by the Department of Livestock Management of the UAF which can be a good tool to materialize camel milk available in urban areas.
  3. Camel Biryani, an idea which can enhance the demand for camel meat; can boost investment in camel enterprise.

Author is president of Society of Animal, Veterinary and Environmental Scientists (SAVES), EC member of ISOCARD and General Secretary of the Camel Association of Pakistan..

How migratory birds help spread plant species

Originally posted on World of Birds:

How migratory birds help spread plant species.

How migratory birds help spread plant species.

Did you know that pollens travel as far off as across continents? And how do they travel? On the wings of migratory birds.

A study offers critical insight into the ecology and evolution of plants that are represented across continents.

The study, done by the University of Connecticut (UConn) researchers, found 23 regenerative plant diaspores (plant seeds) trapped in the feathers of migratory birds leaving the Arctic harbour for South America.

The researchers studied American golden plovers, semi palmated sandpipers and red phalaropes all birds that breed in coastal tundra.

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Camel Peace Caravan for Conservation of Unique Tamarix Forest

Camel is the important part of the Balochistani culture. Lasbela is well known for its culture, heritage and camels. Rich with wide diversity of flora and fauna, Lasbela is the home tract of two camel breeds (cultural notion).

Camel Peace Caravan

Tamarix Forest

a. Lasi; It is a pack animal, mostly use for wood and other transport, especially use by wood cutters. The animal is also use for meat production. This camel is widely use for meat in the region, especially on .

b. Bhirdi; The tribe and camel breed names are the same. This camel is usually use for riding in deserted ecosystems. It is smart and unique animal and milk is by-product use by the pastoralists in the weathers when other animals milk is ceased.

Lasi camel breed

Lasi Camel

Bhirdi Camel Breed

Bhirdi camel

The Lasbela region is covered with more than 12% with wide flora diversity, especially unique Tamarix and Jar species. The wood cutter brutally cut these precious forest trees and sell at very cheaper rates in the nearby towns. In this way deforestation is happening in a very speedy way. With an appealing thematic area, I am trying to divert wood cutter camel communities to use camel as a touristic opportunity. From main RCD road to the river of Kerri, there is a long camel route, now declared as camel peace caravan. In this way the camel wood cutters will divert from their hard job to a nice and easy job of camel caravan. I hope, we can attract more and more people to enjoy this unique touristic opportunity.

As a starting point, me and other two colleagues from the Lasbela University started first Camel peace caravan from the campus to Kerri on 3rd May and came back the next day. All the pictures are already released on my facebook page. The link is given above in the camel peace caravan.