March 3, 2015


Russia to see Indian buffalo meat by mid-2015



Indian companies are expected to start exporting buffalo meat and dairy products to Russia by mid-2015 if they get the approval of the Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor, according to Russia Beyond the Headlines.


Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), was confident that the Indian companies would be granted permission to supply buffalo meat to Russia


FIEO had expressed discontent about the failure to sign contracts on the shipments of buffalo meat to Russia despite the fact that Rosselkhoznadzor had in fact permitted imports of the product from four Indian companies at the end of 2014.


Separately, a source at the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry opined that launching Indian meat supplies to Russia is mutually profitable for both countries.


According to Russian agricultural analyst Eugene Gerden, the current prospect of supplying Indian buffalo meat to Russia looks more feasible than it did in 2014. When Narendra Modi became prime minister of India, the members of his government initially opposed exporting buffalo meat due to religious reasons. However, the authorities now seem keener to explore cooperation with Russia.

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