Farmers Hardship Under the Establishment’s Eyes


The farmers are not the part of the policy-making process. They are out of the decision making forums. The policies are driven by the people whom interest lies in the wars and conflicts. On both sides of the border, the policy-making is in the hand of powerful establishments to keep the tension alive and strengthen their vested interests.

Mushrooming of Commercial Dairying in Karachi City of Pakistan


A case study from Sindh Dairy Farm (SDF), Karachi-Hyderabad Highway Karachi This study is based on the information provided by the owner (Jameel Memon) and many workers at the farm. Overview of Dairying in Karachi: Karachi is the hub of semi-commercial dairy in the country. There almost one million lactating animals (60:40 ratio of buffalo…

Policy Level Initiatives are Needed for Camel Milk in Pakistan


Camels4Life.... Advocacy for camel keepers is the immense need of time. They should take on board while making policies for food and agriculture, especially about camels. When I started camel research in 2005, very little  information was available on the camel in Pakistan. Very few among the city dwellers were aware of the peculiarities of…

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Camel Milk Competition in Cholistan


Camel milk competition concluded last evening here in Cholistan desert (of Pakistan). It was quite interesting in many ways and I felt that at least I should share some of its salient features. It started on 12th October and concluded on 14th. Some 40 camels (locally called Dachis) contested and some owners had more than one.…

The ‘Goat Walk’ of Dancing Goats and Turbans


A public letter of Dr. Sajjad Khan. He is Professor and Chairman of the Animal Breeding and Genetics  Department, University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Dear colleagues Catwalks and bull walks are common vocabulary terms yet, 'goat walk' may be something new for many of you debating conservation and improved utilization of animal genetic resources, every day.…

The Camels’ Milkvein and its Correlation with the Average Milk Yield


The Milk Vein of Camel

This picture was shot in Mangrota camel fair. This is Brella camel. One can see the the wide and long teats and very visible milk vein. This breed has promising quality of milk production. Very docile and a real milch breed.

Art of Camel Hair Shearing~The Camels’ Attraction


Camel hair cut and art competition

Indo-Pak is rich with camel culture. Camel is source of recreation and entertainment also. This picture is about the hair cut competition of great Thar desert. One can see the artistic theme of the designer/hair cutter.

Camel Fairs in Pakistan: A Case Study from Mangrota of Pakistan


Camel plays a very pivotal role in the life of the people of the northeastern Balochistan (Suleiman  mountainous region). The camel herders graze their camel herds all around the year on the woody vegetation of the mountains and in the month of October, they separate the camels ready for sale. The ready for sale animals are then moved…

REGIONAL COOPERATION! An Approach for Camel Advocacy


Abstract Camel is a precious animal genetic resource of drylands and harsh ecosystems of the globe. The camel is highly adapted to the difficult and hostile environment of its habitat. It also produces precious products, especially milk in a very low or even zero input production system. Such ecosystems and low input production model are…

Brahvi camel~well suited to the mountainous and plain lands ecology of Central Balochistan


Brahvi camel is under threat. The population is speedily going down. There are many reasons for this decline, the most important one is the introduction of apple agriculture in the region. The camel is strong and compact and well suited for work in the mountainous areas. Brahvi camel is part and parcel of the rich livestock culture of the…

Arable Agricultural Farming and loss to Biodiversity


Arable farming promote land grabbing in South Asia and central Asian countries. Afghanistan and Pakistan are more prone to this phenomenon. In Pakistan, land grabbing already resulted in restrictions of livestock movement and narrowing the natural flow of water which resulted in severe floods in the country. In Afghanistan arable farming resulted in the farm…