Camel Population Trend in Pakistan


Pakistan is one of the important camel countries in the world, especially because of the high milk yielder types in the country. The population of the camels is now stable but the history is a witness of a dent in the population because of the bad years (severe drought and other conflicts).

Barela Camel
Brela camel is one of the world’s leading milk camel. The camel is very docile and polite during milking.

Here I try to give a visual expression of the camel population trend in the country. In this graphic expression, the data (the year 1956 to 2012) is presented which clearly tells the trends. Apparently, the camel population trends look like stable but I really do not believe in the reliability of the data.

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The camel genetic resources in South Asia is under threat, especially in the great Thar desert.

References

Barela Camel is the Milk Line of Riverine Pakistan

Camel Milk Competition in Cholistan

A Beautiful Camel Heritage is Sinking

Published by Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Dairy (Camel Farm), Alain, UAE. I had worked 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 genetic resources for food and agriculture. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan and Organizer of the Group Camel4Life. 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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2 Comments

  1. We know about heavy population of camels in Pakistan including Thar desert. I belong to Thar and do medical practice with camels too. You are very much correct about issues regarding camel breeding and Genetics, management, reproduction, diseases prevalence, commercialization of camel production, etc.
    The problem here in Thar is to access the camel farmers, transfer of latest knowledge about camels to farmers, guidance about management is difficult.
    I assure you for any cooperation for CAMELS.

    Regards

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