5th July 2018, Bikaner
ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner celebrated its 35th foundation day here today.
Dr. O.P. Yadav, Director, CAZRI, Jodhpur, Chief Guest of the event, applauded NRCC for exploring the new potential of camels in establishing alternate utilities like use of Camel milk in autism, technology of production of camel milk powder by lyophilisation and providing new mean of income augmentation for camel herders by managing camel as a dairy animal with value addition to camel milk. He also launched ‘Karabh – Freeze Dried Camel Milk Powder’ for consumers and also released Centre’s technical bulletin on camel handling.
Dr. N.K. Gupta, District Collector, Bikaner, Special Guest appreciated role of NRCC of having developed technology of freeze drying powder which guarantees extended shelf life for camel milk up to a year and hoped that it will help in growth in Camel population by establishing camel milk trade.
Dr. B. Prakash, Assistant Director General, suggested to utilize camels for ecotourism purpose and exhibition of the obedience activities of camel can be source of additional income for the camel farmer.
Dr. A.K. Purohit, former Director of extension, SKRAU, Bikaner and Dr. A.K. Gahlo, formerVice Chancellor, RAJUVAS also expressed confidence that the human medicinal utility aspect of Camel milk and immunology is being rightly addressed by NRCC team and need follow up.
Dr. N.V. Patil, Director, NRCC briefed about welfare activities of centre in reaching out to camel herders and supporting them for formation of a registered cooperative society—named ‘Shri DegraiUshtraSanrakshanAvamDugdhVitaranVikasSewaSemiti, Sanwata’ of Jaisalmer district for initiating milk trade activities.
The members of the society were honoured on this occasion and awards were also distributed to the winners of camel milk competition, Camel racing and Dance activity.
The interactive meet of scientists and Camel herders cum training programme for TSP area camel farmers was also organised to know the issues of forming and successful working of FPOs.
More than 40 farmers from TSP areas of Sirohi districts and disadvantaged district Jaisalmer participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner)