Key project results
Some of the question we had in from of each partner were:
- Key results
- Project results
- Lessons learned
Marta Garron (IRTA, Spain), Project coordinator, Leader of WP1 and WP 3
For me, the best result is that you can see different camel milk products in the market in Algeria, Turkey and in Europe. This evolution of quality of camel milk products is also a great result.
Bernard Faye (Faye, France), International Camel Expert, Leader of WP2
I see very strong enthusiasm, reputation and new consumers of camel-milk and very strong energy of new dairy camel farmers, especially in Europe which is great news. I think the project is well done and it came in right time to boost and to support the development of dairy camel farm system. This is small, but very significant market niche in Europe, Turkey and North Africa and this project came in right time to boost the production of camel-milk.
Atakan Koc (ADU, Turkey)
At the end of this project we’ve learned how to process camel-milk into camel-milk products. I think the CAMEL-MILK project is beginning of era for Turkey in processing camel-milk. Before this project we didn’t know how to process camel-milk, but now we’ve learned how to make fermented products such as cheese, yogurt, kefir and other pasteurized products. This is the main result of the project. We also learned it is very difficult to work with camels because it’s extremely different from other farm animals. The owner of camel farms know that but now they also know how to produce camel-milk products.
Amira Narimane Aouachria, University of El Oued (ELOUED), Algeria
Precisely, for Algeria, the project has brought something important, especially for the breeders who are very happy because we took charge of this area, camel breeding. It can be said that until now they were neglected. We can say that people know the virtues of camel milk, and some are ready to invest in camel milk dairies and I think we have helped to make this product known.
Monika Kordić, (Genius Consulting d.o.o., Croatia), Leader of WP7 and WP9
For me, the main result of this project that EU will now recognize that camels are not only for African and Arabic countries. The other thing is that now in France, Netherlands and Spain there are camel-milk farms and you can buy camel-milk which is a completely new product for this markets. Maybe even in Croatia or our neighbouring countries we will soon have a camel farms, although we have one camel farm in Croatia, they are not producing camel milk, but maybe now they’ll decide to do so.
Gaukhar Konuspayeva, (FAYE, Kazakhstan/France), International Camel Expert
I work on camel-milk more than 20 years and I think that this project will help to develop camel-milk production in Meditereanean basin. This project was great because there was a mixture of scientists, private sector and even companies helping in creating different business models and changing the perception of camel-milk, especially for the future consumers.
Fabrice Weecksteen (CAMELIDEE, France)
This project enabled us to demonstrate that camel milk is product of the future. Camel-milk sector is useful in the face of global warming and to save water.
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