The staff members of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Khartoum shouldered the responsibility to plan; design and conduct research on camel since the establishment of the faculty in 1939. Many researchers in the period of the seventies and eighties of the last century conducted outstanding researches that enriched the world camel field. The findings of these researches encouraged the staff members of the faculty to establish a camel research unit in 1982 to explore the world ignored camels of the Sudan. With the help of the Germans (University of Hanover) and the Americans support many researches on camel were conducted. In 1989 a camel research station was established at Alshuwak (Gadarif State) to support the activities of the camel research unit in Khartoum. The Camel Research Unit was promoted to a Camel Research Centre (CRC) in 1995. The Centre gives support to researchers from different universities, ministry of animal resources and ministry of science and technology. It also provides other specialized services such as scientific consultancy, as well as holding training sessions in the field of camel practice for local and foreign students.
The Centre focuses on scientific different camel research disciplines and serves the camel breeders by implementing many researches that help them to improve their camel production, and consequently improves the Sudan economy. The centre has a small farm that helps the researchers to conduct their research in Khartoum where camel population is very low. The centre also encourages the researchers to make scientific ties with foreign scientists and researchers who are interested in camel research. Also the centre intends to implement recent biotechnologies to explore the secrets of camel. In addition, it aims to improve the world known magnificent wealth of camel with the appropriate means to meet the requirements of the nation. The Centre's mission also is to help the authorities to improve camel production, increase camel population, and protect this population as well as helping them to maintain these activities in future.
The Objectives of the centre
1. Planning, designing, and conducting researches in various fields of camel sciences in cooperation with ministry of animal resources, ministry of science and technology, veterinary and agricultural colleges from Sudan and foreign countries. The researches planed are conducted in cooperation with the different departments of Faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Production and Faculty of Agriculture University of Khartoum.
2. Helps in planning firm strategies that leads to the flourish of this important sector. To co-ordinate camel research and training among the different departments.
3. To collaborate with national and international agencies, organizations and/or societies of camel to conduct researches.
4. Adopting programs for improvement of camel genetics, fertility and productivity.
5. Conducting research on basic sciences to create data base for camel, physiology, anatomy biochemistry, and camel reproduction.
6. Carrying out studies on camel disease control and vaccine production.
7. Giving training courses for student, technicians and camel breeders.
8. Act as consultant for private and government sectors.
9. To carryout research for enhancing productivity by nutritional intervention.
10. To act as a repository of information on camel research and development.
The Centre's Structure
At present the council comprises the chairman (the dean of the Faculty Veterinary Medicine) and 18 members from different disciplines.
CRC Scientific committee
The committee comprises the director of the centre and 9 academic staff members from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and a representative from the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Animal Production.
Administrative and technical staff
- Dr. Adil Salim Elsheikh Elgarrai (Director).
- Ahmed Abdalla Farah (Registrar).
- Ali Hassan Taha (Shuwak Station Manger).
- Sulima Abdelhay Zein Elabdein (Secretary).
- Albeshir Algailani Abed Allrhman (Veterinarian).
- Hatim Gamaru-eldin Abdalla (Technician).
- Nasreldin Hamad Asafi (Technician)
The centre has a laboratory equipped with devices enabling the researchers to conduct basic research. In addition, the centre has access to all the laboratories affiliated to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Animal Resources, Faculty of Agriculture and the Central laboratory in Shambat Campus.