October 12, 2007
Strong Asian demand to drive Indian carabeef production in 2008
Indian carabeef (buffalo) production is forecast to rise 6 percent in 2008, to 2.7 million tonnes, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
The was despite marginally lower estimated cattle numbers for the year, at 281.7 million head.
Growing export demand from the Middle East, South-East Asia and Africa is driving higher production, according to USDA's GAIN report.
Exports next year are expected to jump 8.7 percent, to 870,000 tonnes.
India exports carabeef and products to more than 60 countries worldwide, with Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Angola as main destinations.
Exports to Malaysia and Jordan are specialty and halal carabeef, according to MLA.
The main demand for carabeef in South-East Asia was for processed products such as sausages and salami.
India does not export meat from diary cows and meat consumption is relatively small. Per capita meat consumption in India is estimated at only 4.3 kg in 2008.
Total carabeef consumption is predicted to climb 5 percent to 1.8 million tonnes in 2008, with per capita consumption at 1.6kg.