Today, the KAMELITO VIP section takes you to India where Shrey Kumar, a camel milk lover and co-founder of Aadvik Foods, answered to our questions. We thank him for his kindness and his availability ! What you need to know is that the population of large camelids in India has been decreasing drastically in recent decades. Shrey Kumar wants to reverse the trend by exploiting this animal and its milk. Its goal is to save Indian camels and provide a sustainable source of income for ranchers.
Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
My name is Shrey Kumar, and I am the Co-founder of Aadvik Foods, India’s first company to brand, market, and sell Camel Milk and its products in India and abroad. As the Co-Founder & Director of Aadvik Foods, I am responsible for overseeing sales, marketing, HR, distribution, and e-commerce operations.
What is your career path?
I have chosen a path that revolves around unique and natural food products. I want to create more awareness about these beautiful animals and the therapeutic properties their milk has!
Where do you currently live?
Currently, I live in Delhi, India.
Where did this love for camels come from?
Ten years ago, I traveled to Rajasthan, India, and the love that camel herders showed towards their camels got my attention. I met Hitesh Rathi, in 2015 and he told me about the benefits of camel milk and the declining population of camels in the country. Since then, I decided to work in this and help camel herders and camels.
How many camels do you have ?
Our company, Aadvik Foods, does own a few camels, but we mostly prefer to work with Camel Herders who have their own camels, as this helps us in providing a sustainable livelihood to them.
Do you prefer 1 hump camel (Camelus dromedarius) or 2 humps camel (Camelus bactrianus)?
In India, you will mostly find Camelus Dromedarius, the One-Humped Camel, and as such, I do not have a preference.
Among the anatomical and physiological wonders of the camel, which one fascinates you the most?
The one thing that fascinates me the most is the therapeutic properties of Camel Milk. Along with this, the friendly nature of camels also intrigues me. Their strong stature and their height may make one uncomfortable, but their nature is completely different.
With the changing environment and increasing global warming, these animals have the capability to survive in harsh weather too, and not just this, they are also beneficial for the environment.
What’s your more beautiful memory with a camel?
I tried Camel Racing once and it is the best memory I have with them.
What is your “worst” memory with a camel?
I do not have any such bad memory with a camel; they are so fun-loving and beautiful animals that nobody can think or say anything bad about them. The only thing that nags me is there isn’t much awareness about camels and their decreasing population, which needs to be done immediately.
What is your greatest achievement/proudness in the world of these large camelids?
My greatest achievement would be that every day, I am working towards the welfare of camels.
What is your greatest failure/disappointment in the universe of these large camelids?
My greatest disappointment is that there isn’t much awareness about camels, camel milk and the therapeutic properties it holds, and the importance of camels in daily life.
Tell us about a typical day of your daily life?
When it comes to a typical day of my life, I like to indulge myself in my favorite hobbies, i.e., you will find me either playing or watching football or reading a book.
Do you drink camel milk daily?
Yes, of course!
What is your favourite camel milk recipe or dish?
Camel Milk Chocolates!
What would you like to see develop or improve in the future for camels?
I would like to see more people aware of camels, camel milk, camel milk products, as this will help in improving the declining camel population.
How can we contribute to the cultural and socio-economic development of camels around the world?
The only thing, we, as humans can do to contribute towards the cultural and socio-economic development of camels is to spread more awareness about them. One more aspect that can be covered is tourism. When people will travel to places that have camels, they will be more aware about these animals, which will help save them.
Why do you think camels are one of the solutions for ecological transition?
Camels are sustainable creatures and they have a positive impact on the environment. They do not release methane and they do not need huge grazing lands like cows or buffalos do.
What do you like to see on social networks?
I mostly prefer to watch educational, motivational, and comedy content.
Where can we follow your adventures and find your activities/publications/articles?
A final word for camel lovers or those who don’t yet know this animal?
Spread as much awareness as possible about these beautiful creatures and help us save them.