Animal Scientist by Profession
I’m Dr. Raziq Kakar, an Animal Scientist by profession and a proud member of a livestock rearing community. I belong to the historical pasturelands of the Arya Warsha and having a great root in animal agriculture. Our community had been keeping livestock on dry and marginal lands for ages. To me, livestock means keeping animals for food and agriculture in a very natural and humane way to produce healthy food items in symbiosis with nature which is now called sustainability.
My Orcid Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9464-9465
The community livestock agriculture (farming) guarantees food security in the climate change scenario. A Symbiotic relationship between natural resources, farming communities, and the consumers can engineer a dome of sustainable agriculture, making the societies stronger and resilient.
A world of animal agriculture based on the native livestock breeds, keeping in the natural environment, and producing in a sustainable manner. I dream of a world where all the livestock has the right to grazing and serves as a viable part of the ecosystem. I have the mission to bring more people into agriculture and livestock farming. I do my efforts to convert caging back into farming.
The Native Livestock Breeds need to be Documented
The author had been working with the pastoral people since 2004 while characterizing & documenting and reporting the livestock breeds and indigenous knowledge, especially related to the camel. I have already characterized, documented, and reported breeds of sheep, goat, cattle, and camels which were not discovered before.
The author had been delivering pieces of training to the livestock keepers in a far-flung region for sustainable but efficient livestock production and other valuable practices to fetch markets for niche products. I’m the author of the indigenous livestock breeds, livestock production systems, and indigenous knowledge of the tribal people in Balochistan province, Cholistan, and the Thar Desert. Dr. Raziq had been traveling with the Afghan nomads (Kochis) to document their livestock genetic resources, indigenous knowledge (treatment and husbandry), and lifestyle of the pastoral people.
Animal Agricultural Activism
The author organized camel scientists and herders in Pakistan and founded the Camel Association of Pakistan. He got Ph.D. in camel science and presented many international research presentations on various occasions at the global level. Dr. Abdul Raziq had visited many countries and research stations as an invited scientist and speaker. My vision is to convert back the camel into a sustainable farm animal from a beast of burden.
Founding of the Native Breed
While working on the characterization and documentation of the indigenous/local breeds, he found 2 new breeds of camel (Raigi and Kohi), 3 breeds of sheep (Thore Guz, Goasli or Kajalle and Kakari), and 2 breeds of goat (Morak and Kohe-Suleimani).
Camel is my Core World
Dr. Raziq precisely compiled a very valuable manuscript covering diverse aspects of dromedary camels. Camel! A One in All Creatures. A very recent development is the advocacy for camel and its headers as ‘Camels4Life’. Al Ain doctor sees potential in camels beyond their milk. I have been advocating camel as a hope of food security for the dry and drought-stricken regions of the world under the climate change scenario. I’m the chair of the advocacy group camel4life International, organizing a WhatsApp group and a website http://camel4all.info