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Cashing in on desert products Reviving Rajasthan’s camel husbandry


Titre : Cashing in on desert products Reviving Rajasthan’s camel husbandry

Pays : Inde

Date : 2004 (?)

The camel is part and parcel of Rajasthan’s culture and tradition. Once the greatest bulwark of desert people against the drought, this animal held a special place in their heart and even symbolised love. But with the availability of motorized transport, preference of the government for irrigation agriculture, and “progress”, camels came to be seen as backward and regarded as a threat by farmers. Over the last decade, camel numbers have dwindled by 50% and many thousands of female camels were even sold for slaughter. With groundwater resources depleting and skyrocketing of fuel prices, the scenario is already changing and demand for camels appears on the increase. But besides being an eco-friendly source of energy, camels can provide a range of other products that fill modern consumer needs. It is time for a 21st century avatar of camel husbandry that combines traditional knowledge with cutting-edge modern science and production technology.

This project seeks to promote and develop the potential of the camel for creating income in Rajasthan’s desert areas in an ecologically sustainable manner. It will seek this aim through the following activities : • Educate and raise awareness of traditional camel breeding communities about new marketing options. • Support camel breeders in innovating their production systems • Establish linkages with research institutes • Liaise and lobby with government agencies for providing an appropriate policy framework • Catalyze private sector involvement and investment in the manufacturing and marketing of camel products • Strengthen camel breeders’ organisation to retain ownership of production processes. • Facilitate establishment of a common platform for all stakeholders in the camel

Porteur du projet : Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS)

Partenaire (s) : League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP) in the context of the LIFE Network and supported by the Ford Foundation

Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS)


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