The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) observed World Camel Day by arranging camel contests and a seminar on Wednesday.
In the national camel weight contest, camels of Farrukh Ejaz from Gujranwala bagged the first and second positions with 1,417 and 1,361-kilogram weight respectively, while the camel of Babar Malik stood third with 1280 kilogram weight.
Similarly, in the camel beauty contest, Hunain’s camel grabbed the first position, whereas the camels of Farrukh Ejaz and Malik Babar were declared second and third respectively.
Earlier, addressing the seminar, Faculty of Animal Husbandry Dean Dr. Qamar Bilal said that camels of different breeds had been brought to the UAF from all over the country in order to flourish camel farming and educate people about the benefits of camel meat and milk.
He said that camel meat was low in fat and cholesterol; therefore, it could be used by patients with high blood pressure and diabetes.
He said that June 22 was the hottest and longest day of the year. That’s why it was chosen for World Camel Day because the camel was capable to live in difficult conditions amid hot weather.
International Goat and Bull Association’s patron Muhammad Ashraf stressed the need for adopting the latest scientific standards for promoting the best camel breeds. He also urged the scientists to make strenuous efforts so that camel farming could be promoted in the country. He said that they were making all-out efforts to promote camel farming in the country.