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DAIRY ASIA DIALOGUE: CAMEL MILK PRODUCTION HELD

Dedicated to World Milk Day, Dairy Asia, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, GASL, China Animal Agriculture Association, China Camel Industry Association, ICAR-National Center on Camel in India, Yak & Camel Foundation, “Camelicious” and Mongolian Bactrian Association jointly organized the joint Dairy Asia dialogue: Camel milk production on 26th May 2022.

In the online dialogue participated +90 representatives from Mongolia, China, India, UAE, Kazakhstan, Austria, Germany, France, Kenya, the US, Japan, and Belgium.

In the welcoming remarks, Mr. T.Jambaltseren, State Secretary, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, and Dr. Vinod Ahuja UN FAO representative have given the opening speeches.

Moderated by Mr. Batbaatar Bayarmagnai, CEO & coordinator, Dairy Asia secretariat, the joint Dairy Asia dialogue had the following presentations: “Policy for camel husbandry and milk production in Mongolia” – by Dr. P.Tumenbayar, officer, Department of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, “The role of research on a camel in China and its impact on the Chinese camel industry and economy” – by Dr. Surong Hasi, Vice President of Camel Branch, China Animal Agriculture Association, “Camel husbandry, milk production and research in India” – by Dr. Artabandhu Sahoo, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel in India, “Research on Camel husbandry from Yak-Camel Foundation” – by Dr. Pamela Burger, Secretary of the Yak-Camel Foundation, senior researcher, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, “Camel milk production in UAE/Camelicious” – by Dr. Peter Nagy, Farm management, at “Camelicious” from UAE. As a panelist participated Sc. D Ts.Batsukh, CEO of Mongolian Bactrian Association in the dialogue.

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Camel milk is one of the most nutritious food in the world, and its beneficiary positively impacts public health. Fresh and fermented camel milk has been consumed in the world including India, Russia, and Sudan as a treatment for a number of diseases such as diabetes, tuberculosis, autism, dropsy, asthma, and jaundice. Camel milk is used not only as food but as medicine & cosmetics. The joint dialogue focused on the camel milk production as well as the camel husbandry sector too. To increase milk production, some Central Asian countries, particularly Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are operating to hybridize the Bactrian and dromedary camels. Speakers/participants highlighted that Bactrian camels must be genetically protected. As a result of the dialogue, a new initiative for the establishment of the International Bactrian Camel Association, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia has been proposed.