June 8, 2011

 

India: No problem meeting world protein demand

 

 

The economic levels of animal breeders, meat workers, processors and exporters can progress easily as India has the biggest livestock population in the world that can meet the world's protein demand, according to the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Harish Rawat.
 
He was speaking at the inaugural session of National Conference for Mayors on Tuesday (Jun 7).

 

Rawat informed that production of meat and meat products has been steadily growing at the rate of 4% per annum while meat exports have been growing at close to 30% per annum in terms of quantity. He said exports of value added meat products are insignificant.

 

The minister said, "Now in the era of Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM), municipal corporations of metro cities and big cities have sufficient funds and have understood the basic need for improving the existing conditions in their areas.

 

"The real challenge is to improve the other municipal slaughterhouses located in semi-urban areas numbering 3500 and also for establishing mini slaughterhouses in rural areas where more than 80% of the countries population is living and are lacking sufficient funds for investment to improve the existing conditions."
 

Rawat said that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries has a scheme to give grants for construction and modernisation of slaughterhouses in such cases.

 

The conference was organised by the National Meat & Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB) for the benefit of meat and poultry sector of the country and also for making decisive efforts for production of hygiene and nutritious meat and poultry products.
 

Mayors, Municipal Commissioners, Chairman of APEDA and experts from meat and poultry sector took part in the daylong deliberations.

 

NMPPB also signed MOUs with Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai and product board of meat and poultry Netherlands on the occasion.

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