Philosophy Behind the Natural Pharmacy~ Camels4Life


In my childhood, seeing the fascinating camel herds of KochisThe Kuchi, Afghanistan’s nomads made a strong portraiture on my mind, thinking the tremendous animal was unique among the others.  Decades later when I was a well-grown animal science professional, severe arthritis caught me, stuffed my joints void to move. As per the elder’s advice,  I migrated and lived with the camel pastoralistsRole of Camel in Suleiman Mountainous Region of Pakistan, enjoyed their company, learned traditional knowledge and took camel milk regularly. Soon, I started getting well and well, eventually climbing mountains. The joy of a good health gave me new and energetic life, lead to understanding the philosophy of camel milk. I concluded that camel milk is not only a white fluid but natural pharmacy and the people in pain must cognizant of it.

Understanding the potential of the camel as a milch animal, I conducted a comprehensive scientific study (my PhD. research program) to chalk out lactation curve of mobile camel herds in the above said mountainous region. The study revealed that camel is a potential dairy animal (average milk 10.22 liter/day) with a lactation yield of >3,000 liters. This production was harvested from the camels depending on the natural grazing with good access to water. This yield was gained from a unique eco-friendly, low inputs, free of drugs & antibiotics production system, providing safe milk.camel-milk

I shared and discussed preliminary results with the scientists at the occasion of first ISOCARD conference in Alain 2006The International Society of Camelid Research and Development. The fellow scientists praised and supported my philosophy and we worked out further research programs on the quality of camel milk, the results later on published in the Journal of Camelid ScienceJournal of Cmaleid Science. Interestingly, I enjoyed the support of colleagues and became the EC member of the camelids’ society.

Henceforth, I realized that not only the milk is unique, camel is one in all animals, having the attributes of all the animals in one creature Camel! A One in All Creatures. This unique creature is equally good for other chores in the desert and other harsh and hostile conditions. It sustains life and livelihood and well said by the camel herders as the animal for life~Camels4lifeAl Ain doctor sees potential in camels beyond their milk13062144_1245604488802736_3922589141187345259_n

The attributes of the camels are enormous and unimaginable. Unfortunately, the custodians of the camel genetic resources are neglected same as the keepers of the other native genetic resources. We added another feather in the crown of the camel as the ‘animal for life‘ with the support of camels’ world activist from Asia and Africa. I discussed the idea with the camels’ world stakeholders and we pushed the idea of an advocacy group to promote camel at the global level among the policy makers. 13394029_1272321139464404_985637379003872761_n

I look forwards to have the support of camels’ world activists and scientists of all levels to promote this unique creature and support the life in the far and wide regions of the world.

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Author: 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.