World Camel Day - A Struggle to Sustain the Tradition of Camel Herding

Have you wondered whether the camels came first or we did? This seems like a question already heard before, right? 

Well, it’s the same as who came first, the chicken or the egg. 

We’d like to believe that Camels for sure came first. Want to know why? 

It is simple. They appeared on earth approximately 40-50 million years ago, whereas humans appeared approximately 5-7 million years ago. Not just this, these beautiful creatures have evolved over the years too. When they appeared, they were the size of rabbits and were called Protylopus. 

Interesting, right? 

When it comes to these utopic and mysterious animals, you’ll see that they are very caring, they’ll let you ride for long distances on their backs, crossing various landscapes, even in the harsh sandstorms. Doesn’t that make you fall in love with them? 

Even your loved ones wouldn’t do this for you, would they now? 

There is a need for us to celebrate this love which they have for us, or else we will lose them. As, without much awareness about them, we’ll lose all the love that we have been receiving from them. Did you know? The camel population has been in a declining state. From 3.5 lakh camels in 2012 to 2.13 lakh in 2020, the total camel population in 2021 was fewer than 2 lakh. 

Why is their population decreasing? One of the major reasons is that the camels are smuggled from India to the international markets because the camel herders are unable to earn a sustainable income from these beautiful animals. People are not aware of the various benefits of Camel Milk. Yes, Camel Milk! 

Haven’t you heard of the various benefits of Camel Milk? Well, if you would like to know more about it, then click here!

Well, for the Camel Herders, Camel Milk is a basic source of income. They have been using Camel Milk for its medicinal purposes, which they say, is a gift from their family. 

Camels are able to sustain their production capabilities in these harsh climate changes and hostile environments, can adapt to the soaring heat and can even go days without water. We know camels as the ‘Ship of the Desert’ carrying around tonnes of weight and walking endless miles. However, today, with the growing development and modernization, their importance as a source of transport has come to a halt. 

So, we at Aadvik Foods, have taken up the initiative to help both the breeders and the camels by bringing to them a Superfood - Camel Milk. We started with an aim to provide these Camel Herders with a sustainable source of income without hampering their cultural significance. Since our inception, we have been working towards helping increase the Camel Population and provide the Camel Herders with a proper income. 

We started off with just one Camel Herder and now we have worked with more than 200 Camel Herders, who are happily living and are able to provide their families with a sustainable life too! 

With the changing times, the Raika and the Rabari communities always considered

Camels as one of the most significant animals for food security when it comes to climatic calamities. They have the lowest ecological footprint as they do not produce methane and can only survive on the shrubs and plants available in the desert regions. 

These abilities, along with their ability to continue to produce a reliable source of nutrition in harsh environments have led to increased importance of Camel Milk and its potential to improve food security in the drought-stricken areas.

Unfortunately, camels are not highly appreciated. For this, we need to create more awareness about them, if we do not want them to go extinct.  Stand with us to save the camels and create awareness about the situation of Camel Herders with us. 

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