Camel dung is beautiful in its architecture, dry and odorless. Camels’ manure/dung is use as a fuel agent in many developing countries, especially among the pastoralists’ communities. It is ready to burn after a very few minutes and does not need to dry in sunshine for many days like cows’ dung. In small scaled farming system it is use both for fuel and organic fertilizer. In northeastern Balochistan and Southern Afghanistan, it is use as a fertilizer for Pomegranate and wine trees(personal communication).
In Americas, the dung of new world’s camelid (Llama) is use to neutralize the acidic, metal-laden water through a highly unusual filter: llama droppings in Bolivia 1. It is very good agent for filtration because of its higher fiber contents.
On the other hand, camels’ manure is going waste in countries (its original habitat) with highest camel population per unit land mass area (Gulf countries) in the world. UAE, Bahrain and Qatar has the highest camel population on per unit land mass at global level, producing millions of tons of manure annually; all going waste. I only found one reference that BP use camels’ manure in Sharjah (UAE) for the decomposition of hydrocarbon leaked in the soil/water 2. Camels’ dung is use for Bio-Paper production in India but at a minor level.
Based in UAE, here a common misperception is prevailing regarding camels’ dungs as; it has no value as fertilizer. This perception had made camels’ dung a valueless atom and it is a burden on camel breeders to properly dump. On contrary (research findings) camel dung has almost the same value as that of cow dung 3.
Camel dung decomposes faster than many others because of the diverse and stronger micro flora in camels’ rumen. Camel is therefore more efficient in nutrient recycling, making camels’ dung more useful for cropping and farming. Hoffmann and Muhammad revealed that camel dung is not differ from cow and other ruminants’ dung 4.
In conclusion, camels’ dung is untapped precious resource which is not properly utilized so far. The visionary and innovative opinion in Gulf countries, especially the UAE can bring silver sliding in the clouds and may find ways to use this precious resource for the agricultural development of the region. Also, the research institutes of the region should come forward to chalk out projects on the exploring true worth of camel dung.
This piece of manuscript is the tip of the ice burg and brain storming to launch a discussion regarding this precious organic material. I hope to hear from different quarters and to find ways for its judicious use. The GAA of the FAO can be a great forum to address this issue.