|Subject||UP emerges as biggest exporter of buffalo meat|
NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh (UP) has emerged as the biggest exporter of buffalo meat from the country with Punjab and Maharashtra trending behind. Apart from having the country's largest buffalo population it also has the highest number of abattoirs-cummeat processing export units.
A recent FICCI report on the Indian buffalo meat value chain brings out these findings. India is the world's largest exporter of buffalo meat and accounts for 58% of world buffalo population. Buffalo contributes about 30% of total meat production here.
"UP ranks third in meat production and of all states is the biggest exporter of buffalo meat. Of total Indian carabeef exports, 67% originates from the state," says the FICCI report. The state has a large livestock population, representing 10% of the cattle and over 25% of the buffalos in India.
In Uttar Pradesh, there were 317 registered slaughterhouses and, in addition to this, there were 24 export- oriented units for buffalo meat. Buffalo meat production in the state has been increasing gradually since 2007 -08 but since 2010 it increased by 40%.
The buffalo meat produced in 2011-12 was 4,08,000 tonne, up 36% from the 2010-11 output of 3,00,000 tonne. "Since the business of buffalo meat processing is well established and accepted in the state, many operational units are procuring buffalo not only from UP but also from Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab," said Ficci.
Hind Agro Industries, Al Noor Exports, Al Nafees Frozen Food Exports, Frigerico Conserva Allana, Rustam Foods, Rayban Foods Private were some of the major exporters from UP. "The state has 645 cattle markets, which ensure that there is a steady supply of the raw material," said an exporter. Another leading exporter with a pan-India presence said that the next slew of investments by his company would be in UP.
"We are looking to open 5-6 more units over the next 5-10 years in the state. The state machinery is supportive to the industry. Water, labour, infrastructure and various programmes on buffalo breeding,veterinary and disease control are far efficient than other states," he said. The scenario in Punjab is quite the opposite.
Source : economictimes.indiatimes.com
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