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Dr. Abdul Raziq Kakar is the Founder of 2 Important Days
- World Camel Day
- World Donkey Day
Dr. Abdul Raziq Kakar is the Founder of the traditional livestock breeds
- Raigi camel breed
- Kohi camel breed
- Jathnasal camel breed
- Kakari Sheep Breed
- Gosali sheep breed
- Kajale Sheep Breed
- Kohe Suleimani Goat breed
- Morak Goat Breed
- Kohe Suleimani Cattle breed
- Shingharri Donkey Breed
- Sperki Donkey Breed
Main Focus Areas, Fields of Interest
- Camel, especially camel milk
- Traditional livestock breed with special emphasis on their role in livelihood and food security under the climate change crisis
- Ethnoecology includes ethnobotany, drylands’ flora, revitalization of drylands with livestock grazing, documentation of traditional knowledge
- Drylands and the desert
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 have 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 societies stronger and resilient.
The world of animal agriculture is based on native livestock breeds, keeping in the natural environment, and production in a sustainable manner. I dream of a world where all the livestock has the right to graze 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 Redefine and Redocumented
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 time has reached to redefine the role of native livestock breeds, especially the long-walking livestock, spreading the seeds, and revitalizing the soil fertility and nature.
A Teacher and Trainer by Nature
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 ensure food security, livelihood, and 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 the lifestyle of the pastoral people.
In recent years, Dr. Raziq delivered many (physical & online) lectures/training sessions globally. He is the ToT of the LEGS program and verified international livestock expert by the IFAD and UN FAO. Dr. Raziq is advocating and promoting the camel as a sustainable dairy animal through consultancies and training.
Animal Agricultural and Nature Protection 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 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. Since 2020, I’m focusing on soil health with the help of livestock grazing and revegetation of the native flora. Thousands of trees and other flora have been planted in my homeland under the umbrella of Ashar (a local move to revegetate our motherland).
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 camels 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