22 June, World Camel Day

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Raziq‘s insight:

Dry lands are judiciously use by well adapted native 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 on such lands. 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. 


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, (http://www.decadeonbiodiversity.net/). 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.


Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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