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World Camel Day 22 June

World Camel Day is being Celebrate for a Week in Dubai

World Camel Day Forum

A successful World Camel Day Celebration to highlight the important role camels play in food security, desert ecosystems and how their products impact people’s lives

 Dubai, 19 June 2022:  ADCRC, the Arabian Desert Camel Riding Center, hosted its first World Camel Day Forum this Saturday.  The event took place at Mawaheb Community Café and was completely booked out. The attendees were able to listen to some of the biggest names in the scientific camel research space including Dr. Raziq Karkar (author), founder of world camel day and Dr. Ilse Koehler-Rollefson, award winning author, researcher and activist, who had travelled from India. To celebrate the uniqueness, importance and relevance of the camel, ADCRC hosted their first forum in honor of World Camel Day, which is on 22nd of June each year.

Dr Raziq Kakar is delivering lecture

To know who, why and when – World Camel Day was celebrated

To know about the above important questions, please click on the links below;

The Camel Milk is a Natural Pharmacy and the Camel Revitalize the Deserts

Dr. Raziq Karkar (author) captured the audience’s attention with his personal story of how he went from not being able to walk due to arthritis at a young age, to being completely healed through camel milk in the mountains of Pakistan and how this was his inspiration to become a vet and expert on camel milk. His research in Al Ain has revealed how the desert ecosystem benefits from grazing camels, by distributing seeds and ensuring bio diversity in flora and fauna. He encouraged the audience to seek sources of camel milk, directly from farms or through the supermarkets.  Karkar,said: “we are extremely lucky to be in the UAE , which is the only country in the world which has fresh camel milk available on supermarket shelves.”

Discussion about the historical background of the world camel day

 Camels can Make the Fortune of the Pastoralists

Dr. Ilse Koehler-Rollefson, who lives in Rajasthan for over 30 years, has published many books on camel health but also camel related products and their dwindling economy, resulting India’s camel populating plummeting from once 1.5 million to just about 200,000 in a very short span of time, a very contrary situation comparing to the UAE. India used to be the listed as the third biggest camel population and is now faced with difficulties maintaining steady numbers. Dr Koehler-Rollefson outlined that a lack of lobby and cultural hurdles limit the sale of camel milk, despite the importance of maintaining camel pastoralism in Rajasthan, due to its desert climate.Apart from the question of food supply, camels in India were also a key driver for tourism, which poses an additional risk to the fragile local economy, should the numbers decline further.

Camel Milk is an Incredible Natural Medicine for Skin Health

The speakers were also joined by Stevi Lowmass, the CEO and founder of The Camel Soap Factory (TCSF). Lowmass outlined how she incorporates locally produced camel milk in her products to reduce carbon footprint but also because of the noticeable health benefits to the users of her products. TCSF contributed to the EXPO merchandise line and won Natural Beauty Product of the Year Award. Lowmass also spoke about initial apprehension towards camel milk as an ingredient but users have become loyal customers and ambassadors thanks to the superior quality and results.

Camel is an Amazing Companion Animal

The last speaker on the panel was Layla Donders, who travelled more than 2,500 kilometers with a camel caravan. The two journeys lead her from Damascus in Syria to Teheran in Iran and back into the UAE and Oman. She recounted the time of identifying the camels for her journey, back in Syria as a critical time and outlined who the relationship to the animals was the most critical part. She now lives near Muscat in Oman. Her oldest camel is now 28 years old and was part of the long journeys.

Author with a beautiful camel in Fujairah UAE

Camel Movie Night

In addition to the forum and panel discussion, Arabian Desert Camel Riding Center has arranged for a unique movie night at Roxy Cinema City Walk on Tuesday (21st June) as well as an event at the camel riding center, displaying different traditional camel riding gear and offering a camel milk tasting in the evening.

Arabian Desert Camel Riding on 22nd June

The Arabian Desert Camel Riding Center is the first licensed center to train camel jockeys for races, with an official training license issued by Dubai Camel Racing Club. The center was founded by Obaid bin Subaih al Falasi and Linda Krockenberger in January 2021. The centre will arrange a camel riding on 22nd June, the real camel day.

For further details, please click on the link below. https://www.adcrc.me/blog/world-camel-day-forum

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World Camel Day 22 June

Who is the founder of World Camel Day?

World Camel Day is Celebrated on 22nd June each Year in Different Regions of the World. Dr. Abdul Raziq Kakar is the founder of the world camel day.

Dr. Raziq Kakar is a doctorate in animal science, with a special emphasis on dromedary as a potential dairy animal, He has been working with the camels for the last 22 years. He gained practical experience with camels, like a camel dairy professional, both by training and experience. Since 2014, Dr. Raziq Kakar is solely working with a camel dairying entity (Alain Farms for Livestock Production) which is the world’s first commercial camel dairy, Alain Abu Dhabi UAE. In my philosophy, the camel is a magical biological model coping with the warming planet scenario while producing health-promising milk and meat in challenging circumstances.

History of the World Camel Day

WCD 22 June

While compiling my Ph.D. work, and reading piles of books and scientific articles about the camels and camel-related aspects, I realized that there must be a special day to celebrate World Camel Day. This day will be helpful in advocating and promoting camels and spreading awareness among the masses about the importance of the incredible camel in livelihood and food security.

World Camel Day 22nd June
In 2009, the author conceptualized the idea of a world camel day (WCD)

Why do we choose the date of 22nd June?

In its original habitat, 21 and 22 June are the longest and hottest days of the year, in the northern hemisphere of the globe. Camel sustains its abilities of production in such harsh and hostile environments and adapts to the soaring heat and long thirsty days. For further reading about the history of the world camel day, please go to the link below. https://camel4all.info/index.php/2020/06/21/why-a-world-camel-day-on-22-june/

How did World Camel Day start?

From 2009 to 2012 WCD was celebrated in the province of Balochistan (the important habitat of camels, 50% share of Pakistan’s 1 million population of camels). Slowly and gradually, we earned support at the country as well as global level.

World Camel Day Poster

In 2013, we launched the WCD Facebook page and received appreciation and support from all over the world. The next year, in 2014 WCD started celebrating in the different corners of the globe. The same year, LMUAF under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Younas launched the Dachi camel milk brand in the university and invited the famous camel lady Ilse Kohler Rollefson to attend the WCD 2014 and inaugurate the Dachi milk. For more details, please click on the link; https://arkbiodiv.com/2020/06/20/history-of-world-camel-day-22-june/amp/

Way Forward

World Camel Day is appealing to cameleers from all quarters of the world. Each year new ideas are being floated under the banner of the world camel day. The people are now better aware of the importance of camel than before. We have more knowledge about the different aspects of the camels. There is an international camel advocacy forum (think tank) with the name of Camel4Life International, advocating camels at the global level. The policymakers at all levels are now convinced of the importance of camels in livelihood earning, food security, and ecosystem services of the camel.

Raigi camel of Kakar Khurasan
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Camel Conference The Camel and Climate Change World Camel Day 22 June

Camel Conference-ROLE OF CAMEL IN FOOD SECURITY UNDER CHANGING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

ONLINE: INTERNATIONAL CAMELCONFERENCE (VIRTUAL)-A SERIES OF World CAMEL DAY CELEBRATIONS

S e p t 3 0 t h – O c t I s t , 2 0 2 1

A World Camel Day Series

Climate change is a bitter reality and the globe is facing the consequences of this phenomenon. It is imperative to strive for food security in this scenario. The camel is an amazing species along with extraordinary resilience in changing environments.  There is a  need to explore and share the potential and future of this creature under climate change circumstances.  The Department of Livestock Production and Management is taking one step forward to organize the International Camel Conference (Virtual) in collaboration with Camel Association of Pakistan to take advantage of exploring the potential of this creature through cooperation, hard work, research & development to open new doors in the multi-value research aspect.  We welcome the dignitaries,    researchers,    and scholars to this event.

INVITED SPEAKERS

  • Prof. (R) Dr. Muhammad Younas, Ex Dean FAH, Founding President, Camel Association of Pakistan (CAP)
  • Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qureshi, Deptt. of Theriogenology, Uni. of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
  • Nisar Ahmad Wani, Scientific Director Reproductive Biotechnology Centre, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai
  • Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar, Technical Operations Manager, Al-Ain Farms, Abu Dhabi, International. Camel Dairying Specialist & Consultant
  • Prof. Dr Taherah Mohammadabadi, Agricultural Sciences, and Natural Resources, University of Khuzestan, Iran
  • Prof. Dr. Tarun Kumar Gahlot, Rajasthan Agri. Uni., Bikaner, India. Editor: J. Camel Practice and researcher.
  • Pauline Gitonga, Dryland Animal Health Consultant, ASAL Extension Ltd. Kenya
  • Mr. Douglas Baum, Owner at The US Army Camel Experiment
  • Mr. Jama Warsame, Founder of White Gold Camel Milk Co., Kenya
  • Dr. Asim Faraz, General Secretary CAP Assistant Prof., Bahauddin Zakariya Uni., Multan

World Camel Day, 22nd June

June; the harshest month of summer with the longest and hottest days of the year (21 June) in the northern hemisphere, the cradle of camel (old world) domestication. The world is celebrating WCD since 2009 to aware the public and policymakers of the incredible role of the camel. https://arkbiodiv.com/2020/06/20/history-of-world-camel-day-22-june/amp/

Abstracts Are Still Accepted

  • Short abstract (200-250 words)
  • Extended abstracts (2000-2500) words.
  • Registration: 14th August 2021
  • Abstract submission deadline: 22th Sept. 2021
  • Accepted Abstract Notification: 25th Sept. 2021
  • Talk submission deadline: 27th Sept. 2021

For more Information and Registration; please go to the link for registration. https://www.foodfeedinfo.com/cameltalk2021/

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Camel Farm & Milk Production World Camel Day 22 June

Heart Touching Camel Milk Story from Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan

A series of camel stories from different regions of the world

Uzbekistan Central Asia

The milk story is derived from a case study of a camel farm in Fergana. Asrorzhon Khikmatov, a camel herder, who has been engaged in herding camels for several years in the steppes of central Fergana in the Rishtan district of the Fergana region.

“I fell in love with camels because my father recovered from their milk”

Hikmatov

Several years ago, my father fell ill, he was bedridden for a long time. On the advice of people, I started giving him camel milk and he recovered. Then I fell in love with camels. The father still drinks this milk. Abu Ali ibn Sina in his book “The Canons of Medicine” dwelled on the healing properties of camel milk, which contains three times more vitamins than cow’s milk. Avicenna’s words turned out to be true. I was convinced that camel’s milk cured many diseases by the example of my father, ”explains Asrorjon Hikmatov, president of the Roshidon nasldor tuyalari farm.

Camel Milk is Considered as Natural Pharmacy

“People come to us for healing milk from the regions, from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, sometimes from Russia. They bring in patients with diabetes mellitus and liver disease. Basically, camel milk cleanses the blood. We plan to conclude an agreement with Turkmenistan and increase the number of camels to 100 in the future. A liter of camel milk now costs 35,000 soums. Basically, it is bought for medicinal purposes. We give free milk to seriously ill patients in need, ”explains the president of the farm.

The Milk Production Potential

“In fact, a camel can give up to 10 liters of milk a day. But our camels give 2 liters each. Because we don’t give them extra food. Camels feed on camel thorns in the pasture. If they are fed more, they will have more milk, but its healing properties will be lost. Unlike other animals, camels are very intelligent. But they need food, like five cows. Basically, they’re insatiable, ”smiles Asrorjon Hikmatov.

The Camels are Milked 3 Times a Day

We have learned that camels are milked 3 times a day: at sunrise, at noon, and in the evening. We really wanted to watch the morning milking process, so we left for Rishtan, as soon as dawn broke.

Hikmatov Also Makes Money from the Wool

Camels provide not only milk, he said, but also wool, which is much appreciated: “1 kg of camel’s wool costs $ 50. They make pillows, blankets, clothes out of them. In the future, we intend to start exporting wool. “

The Detailed Story

The detailed story was shared on the CAMEL-IDEE website. Here is the link to the complete story. https://www.camel-idee.com/le-lait-de-chamelle-en-ouzbekistan/

Hikmatov Loves the White Camel

I love the white camel too. So I and the Hikmatov have the same interest. Hikmatov told that “I also have a white camel. These camels are very expensive. It’s very valuable to me, so I didn’t sell it even for 50 thousand dollars. https://arkbiodiv.com/2012/01/04/kohi-camel-breed-of-suleiman-mountainous-region/amp/ I can gift a small white camel calf to him.

Please if anyone has a story about the camel, share it with me. I shall publish it on my site and will tag it with World Camel Day. https://arkbiodiv.com/2020/06/20/history-of-world-camel-day-22-june/amp/

Another Interesting Story of Camel Milk from Uzbekistan

Here is another link about an interesting camel milk story of a Kazakh cameleer from Uzbekistan. https://www.rferl.org/a/uzbekistan-kazakhi-razvedenie-verblyudov/27304122.html

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World Camel Day 22 June

A Brief of Celebrations on World Camel Day 22 June 2020

Since the foundation of world camel day (WDC) by the author in 2008, each year this day is being celebrated in different corners of the world. https://arkbiodiv.com/2020/06/20/history-of-world-camel-day-22-june/amp/

The importance and interest in WCD are ever-increasing each year and many new stakeholders are coming into the ring to celebrate. It is a pleasure that the interest of the people is increasing in camels and camels related aspects. The main reason for attraction for the camel is the milk which is considered a unique and magical food and each year the number of camel milk consumers is increasing.

I’m going to share some important reports regarding the WCD celebration in 2020 to briefly highlight the importance of this day among the camel stakeholders. Such celebrations were made in different parts of the world and there were many online conferences which I attended and deliver key note speaches. This year, many meetings are in the WCD programs and I’m invited to talk over there about the importance of camel and the launch of the WCD.

22nd OF JUNE THE CELEBRATION DAY OF THE CAMEL

Anna Aiko,

Since 2014, she has been traveling along the Silk Road, the same one taken by ancestors of the past. All these explorers adventured in the discovery of this amazing world, traveling by camel, crossing these vast spaces, exchanging their knowledge, creating links, and writing our history.

She has crossed on camelback 1350 km: the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia with Rakayib and UAE with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, and was runner-up at the HHC Camel Trek Marathon 2020.  

She participated in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival on the invitation of the Camel Club. She wrote this interesting report about the festival and especially emphasized the WCD.

She writes “The International Day for Camels is celebrated on 22nd of June every year. The following details elaborate on the way this day is celebrated by several major governmental departments in Saudi Arabia. Camels are one of the most miraculous creatures on earth. God asked us to think about their creation before thinking about the creation of the sky, the mountains, and the earth. These animals deserve all the interests, studies, and support because the information acquired will benefit future generations for their progress and research.” https://www.annaaiko.com/post/world-camel-day

Dr. Muhammad Younas, Head of the Camel Association of Pakistan

Dr. Younas Delivered a Presentation about the Camel Association of Pakistan and its role in the WCD and Camel Related Aspects. Here is the link to a very important and informative ppt regarding the camels and their related topics. https://cappak.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/dr.-m-younas_how-the-camel-are-made_wcd_vu.pdf

Margaret Weiss Photostory about the WCD

She has given special emphasis on the camel’s welfare and wellbeing. She is very sensitive with a kind soul. She wanted to highlight the issues related to the camels’ wellbeing and comfort. She writes “They are frequently subject to miserable lives in small enclosures and beaten into submission with sticks and forced to walk in blistering heat without water or food. Many tour operators insert pegs through camels’ noses to enable them to be trained and controlled more easily.”

Pair of dromedaries in Wadi Rum

She has posted very beautiful pictures from the field. Here is the link to her photostory regarding the camels and world camel day. https://margaretweiss.com.au/world-camel-day-2020/

Camel Connection; World Camel Day

According to the information available on the website of Camel Connections, they claim that;
  • Camel Connection unites camel owners, want-to-be owners, carers & lovers and helps them become Camel Confident & Camel Connected in all aspects of camels.
  • We teach people how to communicate with and care for camels through our online camel training course & our Cameleer Academy where Camel Connection is at the core of everything we teach.
  • We’ve had people from all walks of life learn about camels with us: from Medical Doctors & Business Executives to Zoo Keepers & Hobby Farmers (and everything in between
  • Whatever your camel goal/idea/dream is we can help you, just like we’ve helped others! 
  • Everything we teach about camels comes from a place of connection, compassion & a deep understanding of camel psychology (and biology thanks to our dedicated Camel Connection, Camel Vet)!

The topic of the WCD; 3 Camel Myths – Busted!

They have told the world about the 3 myths related to the camels. IT’S WORLD CAMEL DAY – yes an actual day dedicated to camels, how cool is that? It’s a really cool thing for us here at Camel Connection HQ – a whole day dedicated to the CAMEL, although if truth be told…. It’s not much different from every other day (who’s complaining)!

22nd of June is World Camel Day. The day was designed to give recognition to the fact that camels are very important creatures to many people around the world. Most people rely on camels for their own survival (like us! they have stolen our hearts and taken over our lives – surely that counts)!

You can read the details about the topic in the link below. https://camelconnection.com/world-camel-day-3-camels-myths-busted/

World camel day: As tourists stay away from Odisha beaches, owners abandon camels

This sad story was reported under the banner of WCD that the camel/s are left abandoned in India. Indican camel keepers are under serious threat as the camel is losing its economic value because of many reasons.

“Desperate efforts are on in Rajasthan to arrest the sharp decline in the population of its state animal, the camel. Last month, a cabinet sub-committee made recommendations to end what Arushi Malik, special secretary, animal husbandry, called a “sort of inspector and permit raj” brought on by the Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 2015, which had linked the trade, transport, and deaths of camels to their slaughter and criminal prosecution. In a knee-jerk reaction, the then BJP government had given “holy cow status” to the camel, blaming its slaughter for meat as the sole reason for the decline in population over the years.” https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/special-report/story/20210510-declining-camel-population-in-rajasthan-1796990-2021-05-01

The link to the story is provided in the following link. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/world-camel-day-as-tourists-stay-away-from-odisha-beaches-owners-abandon-camels-70445

A Beautiful Banner of WCD by Alamin Prodhania

Last but not the least, I hereby share the banner prepared by Alamin Prodhania, a young but energetic designer. I thank him for this contribution and we will use this banner on many occasions.

Here are Further Links from Different Corners about the WCD