New Delhi, Apr 24: While most of the state governments in India are trying to implement strict ban on slaughtering of cows and bullocks, the nation stands contradictory in its exporting of beef.
According to the latest report released by United States department of agriculture (USDA), India not only stands at the top as global beef exporter sharing position with Brazil, but also India’s exports of beef are on the rise.
The report predicts that India's beef export will cross 10.2 MT when Bharatiya Janata Party’s cow worshipping Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes one year at the helm of nation’s governance.
India has been the largest exporter of beef in the world since last year, and has further widened its lead over second-ranked Brazil with a projected total of 2.4 million tons exported in 2015 against Brazil’s 2 million.
Beef has also overtaken basmati rice as India’s largest agricultural food export in terms of value, according to data from the country’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products’ Export Development Authority, cited by the Economic Times newspaper.
Although the slaughter of cows, sacred for the Hindus that make up India’s majority population, has long been banned in several parts of the country, states like Maharashtra — one of its largest — recently expanded the ban to include bulls and bullocks as well. However, since India’s exports are composed entirely of water-buffalo meat or carabeef, the bans will not affect the figures cited in the report.
“It could bring an end to illegal slaughter and raise the price for buffalo meat, thus proving to be beneficial for companies like us who are engaged in legal slaughter and export of buffalo meat,” Priya Sud, a partner at New Delhi–based Al Noor Exports, said.
Meanwhile, the Russian market is very keen on Indian buffalo meat export as they are also thinking to increase the shipments.
Russia had already approved four Indian companies to export meat. However, the data provided by Agricultural and Processed Food Products' Export Development Authority (Apeda) also indicates that the buffalo meat has already overtaken basmati rice as the largest exported commodity.
Vietnam is considered as the largest buyer of Indian buffalo meat. "The devaluation of Brazilian currency and problems in the re-export of buffalo meat from Vietnam to Hong Kong have affected Indian exports," DB Sabharwal, secretary of All India Meat and Livestock Exporters' Association, said.