Dairy Asia, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, EU funded project “International Trade Development”, FAO implementing “SDG-Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia” project funded by EU, and Mongolian Bactrian Association jointly organized the workshop “Possibilities and Opportunities to establish Camel milk cluster in Mongolia” on 19th September 2023.
In the event participated 25 representatives from Dairy Asia, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia, FAO office in Mongolia, National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Cooperatives, Mongolian Bactrian Association, EU funded “International Trade Development” project, Mongolian Export Clusters Network NGO, National University of Mongolia, Mongolian University of Life Sciences, Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Institute of Technology, “Vitafit milk” LLC, “TESO” LLC, “Suu” JSC, “Ingen Erdene” LOE, “Ingen Tagsh” LLC, and “Solid partners” LLC.
Moderated by Mr. Batbaatar Bayarmagnai, CEO and coordinator, Dairy Asia, the joint workshop had the following presentations:
- “Situation of Camel husbandry and milk production in Mongolia, implementing policy and further actions” – Ms. D. Otgonjargal, officer, Food production policy implementation and coordination department, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry of Mongolia;
- “Importance of cluster system development, and possibilities to export Mongolian camel milk to EU market” – Mr. Carl Crug, Senior expert, “International Trade Development” project;
- “Implementing supportive activities for increasing camel milk production in Umnugobi province” – Ms. G. Nyamjargal, Assistant Representative, FAO Mongolia, Team leader, “SDG-Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia” project funded by EU;
- “Possibilities to Camel milk production development through value chain approach” – Ms. Ch. Javzandulam, CEO, Mongolian Bactrian Camel Association;
- “Possibilities to export Mongolian Camel milk to China and Arabian market” – Mr. S. Enkhbayar, Director, Export Department, “TESO” LLC
Participants discussed and highlighted that ..Mongolia has a potential camel milk production, .. world camel milk market has been significantly increasing, .. camel milk will tremendously play as a key role in the food and nutrition security, .. facing challenges on the camel breeding and health, supply chain and infrastructure in remote rural areas, veterinary and extension service in the country, .. importance of cluster system connecting all relevant stakeholders including herder cooperatives, milk processing factories, research institutions, universities, industrial associations, development NGOs, responsible authorities, ministries, and international organizations, .. Mongolia needs to promote the single window for export oriented camel milk industry.
All participants agreed and called to establish “Camel milk cluster” in Mongolia in 2024, on the occasion of International Year of Camelids, declared by the United Nations.