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Archive for 2017


Biocultural Community Protocol of the Camel Breeders of Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s camel breeders have faced almost unsurmountable difficulties in maintaining their ancestral camel herds, due to the camel becoming state animal and due to the associated legislation. Their situation is dire and camel numbers continue to drop. In their Biocultural Community Protocol the camel breeders present their perspective and outline necessary interventions to save the camel. The BCP was submitted to the government of Rajasthan on 5th November  during the Marwar Camel Culture Festival in a function presided over by H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur who pledged his support. Other special guests included Shri Pushpendra Singh, Energy Minister and Shri Otamram Dewasi, Minister of Gaupalan. Together with the BCP, the camel breeders also presented a draft Rajasthan draft state policy on camel conservation. Hopefully some action will follow!


Marwar Camel Culture Festival, 3-5 November 2017

LPPS will be hosting the second edition of the Marwar Camel Culture Festival on its campus from 3-5 November, 2017. A special website is soon to go alive. Also check for news on Facebook and Twitter @marwarcamelfest about a truly fascinating programme including camel beauty competions, camel cheeses, films, a full moon concert of camel songs and sufi music, and much more!


Presentations during Side-event CGRFA 16

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson:

“Access and Benefit-Sharing of Animal Genetic Resources: About the need to think out of the box“

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Side-event on Pastoralism during CGRFA 16 on February 1st

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Letter to FSSAI about camel milk fat standard

LPPS is one of the several organizations including Sahjeevan in Gujarat that are requesting a modification of the camel milk standards proposed by the Food Safety and Standrads Authority of India. It has written a letter to that effect, stating

“We are extremely concerned that the standard for camel milk has been set at 3% fat content, since camel milk fat content in India can naturally be as  low as 1.9% fat, especially at the end of the dry season. Our own controlled tests of camel milk produced in our part of Rajasthan have shown that fat content fluctuates between 1.9 and more than 4% throughout the year and depending on the forage consumed by camels. We believe the research of the National Research Centre on camels has come up with the same results.”

The letter also refers to the authoritative work on camel milk by the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO  which  indicates that in drought conditions, fat content can be as low as 1,1 %.

LPPS sincerely hopes that the FSSAI will quickly modify its standrad for the benefit of both camel breeders and consumers who are least concerned about fat content and mainly require pure and unadulterated camel milk that lives up to its medicinal properties for many autistic children.

See this blog by Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson on how LPPS is establishing a back-tracking system to ensure delivery of unadulterated camel milk to its customers and an article in National Geographic magazine about the importance of developing a camel dairy sector in Rajasthan for the state’s nomadic Raika.



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