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Camel traction in Niger: between traditon and modern use

Vias Franck S.G., Pacholek X., Daouda H., Faye Bernard. 2003. Camel traction in Niger: between traditon and modern use. In : Working animals in agriculture and transport : a collection of some current research and development observations. Pearson R. Anne (ed.), Lhoste Philippe (ed.), Saastamoinen Markku (ed.), Martin Rosset William (ed.). EAAP, University of Edinburgh, CIRAD, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, INRA. Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 201-207. (EAAP technical series, 6) ISBN 90-76998-25-6 EAAP Annual Conference. 53, Caire, Égypte, 1 September 2002/4 September 2002.

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Abstract : With 800 000 head, Niger is undoubtedly an important camel raising country. Traditionally, the camel's strength is used for riding, packsaddle work and water extraction but its advantages for cart pulling and ploughing are under-estimated or even unknown. However, the use of camels for ploughing and pulling carts has been observed in farming areas in Niger for several years. The dynamics are due to private initiative or have been promoted by development projects aware of the unexploited potential of this species. This paper discusses the experiences in promoting camel traction in Niger, led by the "projet filière cameline" (camel traction project), focusing on technology (agriculture and mechanical equipment designed for use with working camels), economics (credit to buy equipment) and improving the capacity (technical training and reinforcement of scientific expertise) of the project team supporting this promotion.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : animal de trait, Camelidae, Énergie animale, Matériel, Innovation, Possibilité de production

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Niger

Classification Agris : P05 - Energy resources and management
L01 - Animal husbandry

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Vias Franck S.G., Projet de remplacement institutionnel et technique de la filière cameline (NER)
  • Pacholek X., Projet de remplacement institutionnel et technique de la filière cameline (NER)
  • Daouda H., Projet de remplacement institutionnel et technique de la filière cameline (NER)
  • Faye Bernard, CIRAD-EMVT-PPA (FRA)

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