Four years ago PWF asked if camel milk might be a business opportunity for Indigenous communities and if there were any entrepreneurs interested in ‘farming’ some of our 600,000 feral camels.
Queensland camel expert Paddy McHugh and an Israeli camel milk product manager, Gilad Berman, will this week have discussions with both the WA and SA Governments and Austrade about establishing a high tech Australian camel dairy, similar to the one in Dubai that milks 800 camels, producing and bottling 4000 litres of milk a day, selling it under the name of ‘Camelicious’.
Demand for camel milk in the west is growing and in 2009 The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP) estimated that
“the market for camel’s milk and milk products exceeds $200 million in the Arab world alone. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agrees the potential market could be as much as $10 billion, and their dairy expert, Anthony Bennett, supports that contention by noting that milk – even milk from camels – is money. “
Anthony Bennett is also reported saying research suggests that antibodies in camel milk can help fight diseases like Cancer, HIV/Aids, Alzheimers and Hepatitis C,
Research by Professor Reuven Yagil indicates a dramatic impact on autistic behaviour and in treating children’s allergies.
In 2009 the EICMP said
“For several years (we) … have been pushing to get the product on to store shelves in the EU. The application process has been long and arduous, but now there are indications that such an export market could develop within two years.”
In the US, in 2009, thanks to the work of Dr Millie Hinkle, the Food and Drug Administration accepted her proposal that the law be changed to allow camel milk to be included in the dairy laws governing the sale of milk.
Camel milk can be pasteurised, but, this destroys some of its unique qualities. Currently overseas it is sold unpasteurised after specific testing. It has a five day shelf life.
Gilad Berman has 13 years experience in project management including camel milk products in Israel.
Paddy McHugh has played a key role in developing the Queensland camel industry and has many media contacts in Australia.
Email Gilad Berman email@example.com
A very interesting project