My Camel Story and World Camel Day (22 June)

Camel has been part and parcel of my life. Seeing camel caravans, moving Afghan nomads and salts traders made a strong picture of a camel on my mind. A decade earlier severe arthritis (Rheumatoid Arthritis) almost killed me and I was unable to move from the bed. An old wise man advised me to move to camel breeding area and take fresh camel milk regularly. I started my new life while obeying the advice and reached the Suleiman Mountainous Region of Balochistan (the camel heartland). I lived with the camel people, enjoyed their company, learned a lot about camels and took camel milk regularly. I established a viewpoint that camel milk is natural pharmacy not just white fluid milk. I recovered soon and in a short time and started climbing mountains.Rejuvenating into Peer Reviewed Science, The Traditional Knowledge is Worth to be Advocated

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Sindhi camel having great potential of milk

I forgot the pain of my joints and started feeling very energetic and happy person in a short period. I returned to normal life and decided to further explore camel and its unique products, especially the milk. I joined university and completed my Ph.D. (2009) work on camel milk production ability and pattern of lactation of the mobile camel herds.

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Author with the camels’ Pastoralists in Cholistan desert of Pakistan

Documenting the lactation curve of the mobile camel herd was the first of its kind study in camel world. I knew the results of my research that camel is really an amazing animal and produce precious milk in the hottest and harshest period of time where other animals can hardly survive. A dent in the lactation curve can hardly be noticed even in the hottest and feed shortage period of the year. Along with the beauty of camel milk and other products, I found the camel pastoralists very loving, caring and hospitable people. I felt at home while roaming with them in the countryside away from my family. I felt myself so close the nature and natural people. I am once again thankful for my camel pastoralists, those who always offered me warm hospitality and support in the situation where I was almost broken. DSC01463

I started great feelings about the camel and thinking about its worth as natural healer in all aspects. Even living close to camel gives me a sense of care and protection. As a sadness, on the other hand, I felt in the society that the policymakers and people in the cities are unaware of the true worth of camel. I felt that information and awareness about camel are very scarce. I approached my friends and colleagues and suggested the concept of world camel day. Ultimately we agreed on a world camel day on the eve of the hottest period of time of the year. A camel day on 22 June was declared as world camel day. We are celebrating this day in last 3 years.  This year I decided to write my story and ask other colleagues to share their stories with the camel. Again world camel day is approaching but this time it is in the month of Ramadan. I am also away from my country and my beloved camel people. I appeal you all to spread awareness on the camel that day and tell the world about the importance of the camel. Such awareness will be a great way to celebration camel day.I am looking forward to having the stories of the other colleagues soon before the world camel day. I shall publish it on my blog page.

Below is the link regarding world camel days.

Reference;

https://camel4all.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/world-camel-day-june-22/

https://www.facebook.com/Camel4all?ref=hl

https://ikrweb.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/world-camel-day-in-pakistan-interesting-insights-into-camel-conservation/

I need your camel kindness and support

World Camel Day, Activity Report from University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF)

ACTIVITY REPORT OF WORLD CAMEL DAY

June 22, 2012 (Fri)

The World Camel Day (WCD) was celebrated by the Dept of Livestock Management with the collaboration of the Camel Association of Pakistan (CAP) on June 22, 2012 (Fri). This event was attended by a variety of people more than 300 including the University Faculty, students and farmers in a full pack New Senate Hall at UAF despite a sever load shedding of June. The Faculty from UVAS, Lahore, IUB Bahawalpur and many progressive farmers and breeders like Messrs Mumtaz Ahmad K Manais and Ahmad Yar Khan Manais. The event was inaugurated by the honorable Vice Chancellor, UAF followed by the presentation by scientists and camel experts (as per program attached). Dr Abdul Rehman (DLO Faisalabad) alongwith his colleagues from the Livestock and Dairy Development also made a significant share among participants.

Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, the Vice Chancellor inaugurated the seminar in New Senate Hall at 9:30 am. Among the Speakers were Dr Muhammad Riaz (Dept of LM), Dr Muhammad Younas (Dept of LM), Dr Muhammad Afzal (IAN&FT), Dr Muhammad Ashraf Iqbal Mughal (DLF, Lahore), Dr Tanvir Hussain Turabi (IUB, Bahawalpur), Dr Muhammad Abdullah (Dean, UNVAS, Lahore), Dr Khlaid A Khan (BLPRI, Kherimurat), Mr Mumtaz K Manais (Progressive Farmer), and Dr Muhammad Sarwar (Dean FAH, UAF).

Dr Muhammad Riaz threw light on the significance of the need and importance of celebration of the World Camel Day. Dr Muhammad Younas made a detailed presentation on “How the Camels are Made” and elaborated various attributes of the Pakistani camel and its position in the national and international markets. The light was thrown on camel creation, breeds, its special attributes, body conformation, distribution, desert survival, temperament and behavior, feeding and water conservation, camel milk, racing, dancing, and comparison of the camel around the world. Dr Muhammad Afzal made a detailed presentation on the camel feeding requirements. Singing of Camel Songs were performed by Mr Waqar Ahsan et al. the University students.

The CAP arranged competitions among students before the World Camel Day. The winners were awarded prizes by the Guest of Honor Mr Mumataz K Manais, Dr M Asharf Mughal and Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar for the Camel Drawings and cartoons from Lab School (Ayesha Iqbal, Noor-ul-Huda & Umme-e-Habiba), Urdu essay Lab High School (Almas Zulfiqar, Aamina Nawaz & Wajiha Yasmeen), English Essay from DVM and AS students (Rehana Kanwal, Fakhr-un-Nisa & Aneela Pervez), Essay from PARS Community College (Amna Arshad, Salman Younas & Benish Ashfaq & Umar Shahzad), Camel articles (Ahmad Muneeb Anwar, Adeel Arshad & Asad Riaz) and Camel flexes from PG students (Abdul Rauf Khalid, Roman Farooq Alvi and Asim Faraz).

A vote of thanks was extended by Dr Muhammad Younas. Many thanks were extended to Ghazi Brothers, Endowment Fund Secretariat (EFS), TV, print media and PO, PRP and his staff. The pain taken and cooperation extended by the livestock farmers and camel breeders was highly appreciated. The efforts of the faculty members, Dept colleagues and staff, Faculty members and the worthy Dean, Faculty of Animal Husbandry for their help and cooperation was acknowledged.

After the seminar, camel exhibitions were inaugurated. Later on camel rides were made available for the kids, students and families. The Faculty and staff also had camel rides across the Campus to appreciate the Camel utility for all purposes including milk, meat, riding, racing, pulling and ploughing. Later on camel milking was shown to all participants, milk-soda was offered to the Faculty and guests. Some people tasted the camel milk first time in their life and they enjoyed drinking camel milk.

A lot of media coverage was given by the FM Radio 100.4 of the Campus. Many TV Channels including Sohni Dharti, GEO, Express, and Dunya were present to cover all events of this Day. Print media also covered these day long activities in their papers. Dr Muhammad Younas (Chairman Dep of Livestock Management, UAF), Prof Dr Muhammad Sarwar, Dean FAH and Mr Mumtaz Khan Manais ex-Livestock Minister Govt of the Punjab, spoke at this occasion and highlighted the camel attributes to different media channels.

The Camel souvenir like Camel Cap, Camel Shirts and Camel Cups were displayed for public interest. Many students, Faculty and visitors liked the souvenirs prepared at this occasion. The Camel Shirts and Caps were prepared by the courtesy of Rao Abdul Qadeer from Bahawalpur, while Camel Cups were got prepared by the Dept of Livestock Management. All participants were offered lunch after the Juma prayer in lobby of the Iqbal Auditorium.

The general body meeting of the CAP members was held at 4 pm after the lunch in the New Senate Hall, UAF. All members of the CAP were invited for this meeting through email, notices and announcement made at the WCD Seminar. The meeting was chaired by Dr Muhammad Iqbal Ashraf Mughal, DLF, Lahore. The main items on agenda were: (i) welcome and an overview of the CAP for the participants, (ii) approval of the minutes from previous meeting, (iii) review of the CAP and World Camel Day activities, (iv) report from the committees (scientific, by-laws, etc.), (v) International Camel Conference (ICC) in Pakistan in 2013, (vi) venue of the next World Camel Day 2013, (vii) website of the CAP, (viii) raising membership and fee collection for the CAP, (ix) site for the International Camel Conference (ICC) in Pakistan, (x) filling of vacant posts in the CAP cabinet, and (xi) any other item or concern of the participants.

Some of the suggestions received from the members were (1) one member need to be taken from Gilgit & Baltistan, (2) representative of the progressive livestock farmers from Cholistan, Thal, Tharparker, Balochistan and Baltistan, (3) invitation to companies working in and across the country on R&D of Camel specie. A detailed SWOT analysis of the activities of the CAP was made and all inputs were honored. Scientific and By-Laws Committee progress was reviewed and the conveners were asked to expedite their work and report back to president within two wks. Regarding the scientific committee the progress was also slow, however the Dept of Livestock Management has collected and published all related research material, books, handout and articles throughout the country and given to all participant in their folders. The Scientific Committee was further asked to increase the contact with the camel herders to increase R&D on camel and suggest some measure to be taken by CAP. The marketing Committee was asked to raise their voice against illegal and indiscrimination smuggling of the best camels from the country and create awareness about camel business for the best interest of the herders.

As the venue of the ICCP has been selected at IUB in Nov 2013 by the house, all members were asked to get ready and start preparing for this event and the representative of the IUB was asked to convene an inaugural meeting to start the related activities. The IUB should take a lead for the ICCP and CAP will help to use its resources for the success of this event. The issue of website for CAP was also taken seriously and it was decided that the concerned committee has given its first draft and it is willing to accept all suggestions from the members. They will look forward their suggestions to expedite the work. The monogram of the CAP has been revised and made available to all concerned. Dr Muhammad Lateef (Treasurer of the CAP) updated the house regarding the membership collection and he informed about the CAP account opening and handling.

Towards the end of the meeting Dr M Ashraf Mughal briefed the house about his comments and appreciated the Dept of Livestock Management for taking this initiative on camel and celebrating this WCD in a befitting manner. The next meeting of CAP was suggested after 6 months or so. The meeting ended with a word of thanks by the President CAP at 5 pm to all participants for making this event a great success.

These minutes were prepared through the courtesy of the president (Dr M Younas) as I was stuck in the celebrations of the World Camel Day at Lasbella University.

Sd/-

Dr Muhammad Younas

President

Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar

Secretary

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We Celebrate the Worlds’ Hardest Animal Day, A world Camel Day (22nd June)

The Strong and Brave, Tolerate hottest days of the year (22 June), A world Camel Day

Camels tolerate the hottest environment. 22 June is the hottest and the longest day. Hence a world camel day is celebrated on 22th June. This picture was shot in the hottest place of Pakistan (Sibi), in the hottest month (June). The camels are sitting naked to the sun shine, enjoying regurgitation.

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The Brela camel of Pat. The highly tolerant and adapted camels of Sibi plains (Pat) of Balochistan. Here the people say the heat waves come from the hell and mercury touches 52 Celsius in Summer. I took this picture on 22nd June and there were really heat waves of the hell but these camels were happily enjoying the sunshine in the Pat (barren land)

Camel, the tolerant, adaptable, docile and loving creature especially gifted by nature to the harsh and hostile ecosystems of the world.  The people living in such regions are really blessed and gifted with this unique creation. Unfortunately, in the fast world and fast life era, this unique gift was either ignored or undermined by different quarters especially the policymakers. The author, therefore, proposed a day (22nd June) to think and think about this precious animal and spread awareness to give proper place again. Thanks to all my friends and colleagues, including scientists, activists, and family members who supported this cause and now the people have realized the importance of this great friend of mine~ The dear Camel.

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Another very special breed of the camel in the region is Brahvi camel. The breeders are in love with the black color and they select for such coat of camel.

A real camel day 22nd June in the Pat of Sibi. This day was a tribute to these very special and unique animal in the Pat of Sibi. We took milk from them and made Sourine (the fermented milk in Balochi culture). Hence a world camel day was celebrated on 22nd June. Though 21st June is the longest day in northern hemisphere 21st June is dedicated to World Music Day. This picture was shot in the hottest place of Pakistan (Sibi), in the hottest month (June). The camels are sitting naked to the sunshine, enjoying regurgitation.

Not only the harsh summers, but the camel equally tolerate the extreme cold weathers of the regions like Gobi desert.

Bactrian Camels in the South Gobi Province of the Mongolia
I shot this picture in the month of the May. Though the weather was not hot still the environment is not very friendly for the exotic livestock.

World Camel Day (June 22)

Indigenous/local livestock Species/breeds are well adapted to the dry and marginal lands of the world. Such breeds use the scarce resources of such lands and produce high valued and precious products for food. Among such adapted livestock species, camel is the most important one and is well appreciated in this regards.  Camel is highly adapted to such dry and marginal lands, ensuring the livelihood of the millions of people. Camel is not only an efficient biological machine of the difficult environment but can be a solution for many difficult questions (drought, climate change, water and feed scarcity and food security challenge) of the future.

Juvenile Brela camel of Cholistan Desert of Pakistan

Camel uses water and feed resources very sensibly under very harsh and hostile environmental conditions.  Camel is a very effective biological model, needs very scarce inputs and produce efficiently more than other livestock on per unit feed/water consumption. Details about the unique characteristics of camel can be revising from the following link:

http://www.articlesbase.com/nature-articles/a-unique-and-fascinating-creature-the-camel-4217611.html

In spite of all its characteristics camel is neglected animal among the policymakers both at national and international levels. Such negligence is resulting in the sinking of camel culture and there is a severe camel decline in some Asian countries, especial South East Asia. In the near past and present, the importance of camel is well realized and documented at different levels. Many scientific works of literature were produced to highlight camel importance on various aspects of camel, especially camel genetic resources and its milk production potential. Many camel projects were initiated and still continue on camel milk and other aspects in different parts of the world. To highlight the importance of camel and its challenges, a world camel day was proposed by the author and ultimately 22 June was declared as world camel day. Camel day will be celebrated in many parts of the world by camel scientists and activist to highlight it as an integral part of biodiversity and efficient biological model in the dry and deserted lands of the world.

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Author Riding Horse at the Doulat Camel Farm, Almaty Kazakhstan

Camels4Life, International Society of Camelids Research and Development (ISOCARD), Camel Association of Pakistan (CAP), Society of animal, vet and environmental scientists (SAVES) and LIFE Network Pakistan is going to celebrate this day by conducting seminars and media campaign in Pakistan. A page on Facebook is composed and the link is given below.

https://www.facebook.com/Camel4all

A link about the theme of the world camel day (2018)

The Camel Milk Story from the Gobi Desert Mongolia

As UN is celebrating the decade of Biodiversity, it is very in place to celebrate camel day and correlate it with the decade of biodiversity. Camel is very integral part of the world’s biodiversity and not harmful for flora/vegetation as camel takes few bites and walk to the other plant. Camel pad is like the cushion and not harmful for the plants in the rangelands and desert.

Kohi camel of Suleiman Mountains browsing on the twigs of acacia in the dry season

I’m hereby thankful to all camel scientists and activists who supported me for declaring a world camel day. I appeal to all the camel stakeholders, either they are herders, scientists or activist to take the active part in celebrating world camel day and to raise awareness about the uniqueness of camel and its products.