Jaipur, Nov 13: Rajasthan's Pushkar fair is world famous for its colourful cavalcade of Camels. With the number of Camels declining increasingly, the fair can no longer be called the largest Camel fair in the world.
Camel keepers rue that there is no coherence in the state's promotion of the Camel as the state animal and the willingness to do so in reality. They add, this year's fair saw a meagre 2,500 camels, which is less than half of what is usual every year.
The government intends to come up with laws against camel slaughtering and trafficking soon, but that is not enough. With fodder prices increasing and camel keeping becoming an increasingly expensive affair, keepers are forced to let the animals go.
Evidently, the prices of these animals have also gone down to Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000. There is a shrink in their demand from the Border Security Force too who maintain a cavalry. Reducing pasteurs is another issue.
In fact, there has been a drastic decline in the number of camels from 7.63 lakh in 1995 to 2.24 lakh in 2013."Our forefathers have kept camels for so many generations, we have been keeping them but our children will only keep camels if animals last," a camel keeper said.