World Camel Day (June 22)


Indigenous/local livestock Species/breeds are well adapted to the dry and marginal lands of the world. Such breeds use the scarce resources of such lands and produce high valued and precious products for food. Among such adapted livestock species, camel is  the most important one and is well appreciated in this regards.  Camel is highly adapted to such dry and marginal lands, ensuring livelihood of the millions of people. Camel is not only an efficient biological machine of the difficult environment but can be a solution for many difficult questions (drought, climate change, water and feed scarcity and food security challenge) of the future.

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: http://www.articlesbase.com/nature-articles/a-unique-and-fascinating-creature-the-camel-4217611.html

In spite of all its characteristics camel is neglected animal among the policy makers both at national and international levels. Such negligence is resulting in sinking of camel culture and there is a severe camel decline in some Asian countries, especial South East Asia. In the near past and present, the importance of camel is well realized and documented at different levels. Many scientific literature were produced to highlight camel importance on various aspects of camel, especially camel genetic resources and its milk production potential. Many camel projects were initiated and still continue on camel milk and other aspects in different parts of the world. To highlight the importance of camel and its challenges, 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.camel4life.jpeg

Camels4Life, International Society of Camelids Research and Development (ISOCARD), Camel Association of Pakistan (CAP), 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. A page on Facebook is composed and the link is given below.

https://www.facebook.com/Camel4all

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’s biodiversity and not harmful for flora/vegetation as camel takes few bites and walk to the other plant. Camel pad is like cushion and not harmful for the plants in the rangelands and desert.

Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountains browsing on the twigs of acacia in dry season

 

I’m hereby thankful to all camel scientists and activists who supported me for declaring a world camel day. I appeal to all the camel stake holders, either they are herders, scientists or activist to take active part in celebrating world camel day and to raise awareness about the uniqueness of camel and its products.

12 thoughts on “World Camel Day (June 22)

  1. Letter from Ramesh Bhatti, Kachh India

    As you aware, 22 June is world Camel Day. The Camel Breeders Association of Kutch has celebrate this event today at Bhuj. Around 250 Camel breeders were together and Discuss on Conservation of Camel Breed and their Traditional livelihood. Few Elected Leaders of district Panchyat and District and State Level officials were participated this event. in this occasion Maldhraris and Other guest and participants were took the oath and they declare that they will Conserve the Camel Breed and culture of pastoralism, they will transfer their knowledge, wisdom and skill to next Generation.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/for-dying-kutchi-camels-special-dairy-holds-hope-of-a-new-life/965323/

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_first-int-l-camel-day-in-bhuj-tomorrow_1705011

  2. Information from Nizam Jamali from Sindh on World Camel Day

    Benzir Bhutto shaheed International University of Veterinary and Animal Science Sakarend celebratining world camel Day with the association of Livestock Deptt Govt Of Sindh and a local NGO SAFWCO at shaheed Benzir Abad

  3. Letter from Sindh from Dr Jaimal Dhanani on World Camel Day
    Dear Dr Kakar
    AOA
    We celebrated world camel day in Sindh @ Sakrand District Shaheed Benazirabad today. There was walk with camels . In seminar the importance of camel & its milk were highlighted. Ex.Secretary Livestock Sindh Dr.Muhammad Nawaz Baloch was the chief guest. Dr Baloch has done his Ph.D. on camels the in Pakistan and also published book on camels. The world camel day was organized by the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Sakrand Sindh(SBBIUVAS), Deprtment of Livestock Sindh and SAFWCO an local NGO. Prof.Dr.Dr.Jaimal Dhanani of SBBIUVAS highlighted the importance of camel milk for human health.In the end Dr Baloch distributed the prizes among the camel breeders.
    I am attaching herewith some photographs taken on this occasion for onward transfer to our members.
    Thanks.
    Prof.Dr.Dr.Jaimal Dhanani
    SBBIUVAS Sakrand Sindh

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  5. C’est formidable pour cette journée du 22 juin,une occasion de valoriser cette biodiversité tant méconnu par d’autres et jouant un rôle important dans la sécurité alimentaire et socio-économique des habitants des zones arides. Je vous souhaite plein succé pour cette journée.

    • Here is the English translation.
      It’s great for the day of 22 June , an opportunity to enhance this biodiversity as misunderstood by others and play an important role in food security and socio- economic development of dryland dwellers . I wish you meers for that day.

      • Hi dear!Thank you for the English translation. I am hop nerver to have a discussion with you Djomtchaigué Bamaré Herbert

        Master’s student / University of Dshang Genetic Improvement and Production Systems

        Phone: (+237) 672228688 /661148881       (+235) 93485589              Email: djombamare@yahoo.fr        dbamare@gmail.com

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