5th July, 2021, Bikaner
“There is a need to popularize the therapeutic role of Camel Milk and increase its market demand”, said Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) in his inaugural address of the “38th Foundation Day” celebrations of the ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner, Rajasthan organized today.
Dr. Mohapatra said that the Centre should focus attention on reorganizing research priorities to the need of stakeholders to take the Camel farming business forward in the changing environment. He also accentuated on channelizing the Milk through cold chain to expand its reach to the nationwide consumers and establish “Camel Dairy” as a profit-making venture.
The Director General inaugurated the Centre’s Dairy Technology and Processing Unit, launched the Camel Aarogyam Mobile App and Yoga Mat made from the Camel hair during the occasion. The DG also awarded the Progressive Farmers for promoting the Camel Husbandry.
Dr. Bhupendra Nath Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR stressed on the need for developing the Camel Dairy Entrepreneurship Model. He also emphasized on taking-up the collaborative work with the ICAR-NDRI and ICAR-IVRI to promote therapeutic properties of Camel Milk.
Dr. Artabandhu Sahoo, Director, ICAR-NRC on Camel highlighted the research achievements of the Centre with regards to development and conservation of Camel Species.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes also deliberated on the new technologies being adopted for agriculture and livestock husbandry.
Around 40 farmers participated in the Farmers’-Scientists’-Interactive Meet organized during the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner, Rajasthan)