World camel day was celebrated in Pakistan on 22 June. At the University of Agricultural Faisalabad, the main event was arranged by the newly incepted Camel Association of Pakistan (CAP). The seminar organized for the purpose had many technical presentations and was also attended by winners of camel essay competitions arranged among schools and colleges. Camel’s song from the folklore of Sassi-Punno (Uthan walay tur jan gey) was soothing as the outside temperature touched 47C today. Many of us enjoyed camel and camel-cart rides and tasted the camel milk tea for the first time. The camel biryani was delicious too.
The venue for the 2013 International Camel Conference was announced by the Ex-livestock minister as Islamia University Bahawalpur. Various universities and institutions will collaborate to hold the conference. Participants are expected to see closely the camel keepers of the Cholistan desert and will have a chance to visit the 17th-century Derawar fort (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derawar_Fort) just 100 km from the venue. So start preparing for the conference. I hope CAP will announce the conference details soon.