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After Rajasthan, Gujarat to get camel milk dairy


MANISH MACWAN | Ahmedabad, March 26, 2012 21:24
Tags : camel milk dairy in gujarat | Kutch Uccherak Madhari Sangathan | diabetes | hypertension |

camel milk After Rajasthan, Gujarat will soon to get its first commercial dairy for processing of camel milk in Kutch region.

A proposal in this regard has been received by the Government from the Kutch District Cooperative Milk Union or the Sarhad Dairy.

According to Animal husbandry estimate, there are 38,233 camels in Gujarat, which is the third largest population in the country. Seeing good population, Kutch Uccherak Madhari Sangathan(camel Owners of Kutch) decided to establish commercial dairy farm.

Camel milk is very good for human health. It helps as a healer in disease like diabetes, TB and hypertension.
Bhikhabhai Rabari, chief of camel owners’ organization told TSI, “Camel milk contains only 2.5 % fat, vitamin C too is in very good quality. In comparison with cow milk, camel milk contains good quality of Sodium, Calcium, Phosphors, Zink and magnesium. This milk can control insulin type-1diabetes.”

Explaining how he got the idea to prepare various products from camel milk, Bhikhabhai Rabari said, “Three thousand households in Kutch breed camels. Camels are mostly used for transportation in this area and they earn for their owners during tourist season. Some years ago, we heard about research and products of camel milk carried out in Bikaner. So we visited Bikaner and met scientists to help us for starting a new venture in Kutch.”

“We convinced cattle owners to provide camel milk on daily basis and make them aware of advantages of camel milk and income from it. We took help of Sahjeevan, an NGO for more success,” he added.
Talking to TSI, Animal husbandry minister Dilip Sanghani said, “After completion of budget session of Gujarat assembly, government will create distribution system for camel milk products.”

Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation has also agreed to provide its network for this purpose. But some experts have doubts about viability of this project. Rajasthan has witnessed failure in this effort. Will Gujarat pave a new way? 

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017