The International Camel Conference (ICC) under the patronage of Camel Association of Pakistan and the Islamia University of Bahawalpur was organized in Baghdad campus of Islamia university (19-21 Dec 2013). Bahawalpur being the city of the great Thar desert and home of camel culture was the right choice for this event. Many scientists, research scholars, camel herders and students from different universities and institutions participated in this important event on camel. Many animal scientists, students and camel herders from Balochistan province also participated. FAO Balochistan chapter sponsored a group of camel herders and L&DD officials to participate in the conference. The conference was very versatile of its nature, not only covered the camel science but provided a good opportunity to camel people to know about the camel culture of great Thar desert which is famously known as Cholistan. The vice chancellor of the Islamia university (Dr Iftikhar) was very kind and humble while providing all the best facilities and opportunities to the conference participants. Camel scientists from 7 different countries also participated.
The scientists presented their work on camel culture, milk production potential, milk characteristics, camel breeds and breeding, diseases and economic opportunities etc. The local media covered the event in a very nice way and kept the country audience and viewers aware regarding the conference. At the end of the camel conference, the following recommendations were suggested.
- To maintain camel genetic and production diversity with the involvement of the camel herders and policy makers
- To maintain camel habitats, especially Cholistan desert intact and safe from land grabbing etc
- The slogan of ‘DESERT SHOULD REMAIN THE DESERT‘ was given for Eco-conservation of Camels and ‘SAVE PASTROLISM
- More interaction development among the camel people, camel scientists and policy makers should initiate
- Research on camel diseases and other health issues should initiate and coordinate with the international bodies in this field
Publication of full length articles of the abstracts received in ICC-2013 in a peer reviewed journal
Industry Liaison for Value Addition of camel products
Enhanced collaboration with foreign camel researchers and institute
Camel conference was a great opportunity, except the bad weather with the heavy fog. At the end of the conference, the meeting of the CAP was organized and some decisions were made. The decisions of the CAP are given in the ensuing lines.
- The meeting was held on 21st Dec at 8 pm
- I suggested a seminar (with very specific title) and with very specific number of participants
- The foreign scientist (not more than 5) will be invited purely on merit basis to make it more worthwhile and fruitful
- The seminar will be in the month of Jan or Feb 2015, as the next ISOCARD is in June 2015 Almatay Kazakhstan
- The venue of the meeting will be decided later but most probably, Karachi, Uthal, Quetta or Lahore
- CAP member list will be compiled according to the registered members in 3 categories, i.e.
- The CAP registration amount, other income and expenditure if any, will be compile and will be present to the cabinet
- Next election will be held at the occasion of the Seminar in 2015
- A skype/online consultative meeting of the willing CAP members or other scientists to highlight/fix and mention the priority areas on camel in Pakistan
I am very pleased now, as the importance of camel is being appreciated in Pakistan. In the climate change context and challenge of food security; camel is the best choice to accept these challenges.