So say the experts

Camel experts from research institutions and non-government organisations in India, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the UK met at the training centre of Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan near Mammaji-ki-dhuni at Sadri, District Pali, Rajasthan, India, on 23-25 November 2004, and came up with the following recommendations:

Urgently investigate how to restore sufficient pastureland for camels in order to halt the decline in camel numbers.

Make camel health services easily accessible to camel owners. This should include treatment of trypanosomiasis and mange (common camel dieases.

Identify emerging market opportunities for camel products (such as milk and meat), and support changes in the farming system to take advantage of these.

Promote the value-addition and marketing of camel products (milk, wool, leather, dung).

Promote and subsidise the use of camel carts as an eco-friendly source of transport.

Develop an effective, comprehensive camel policy, aimed at the long-term conservation of the camel This should be developed in consultation with the various stakeholders, especially camel-breeders.

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