Indian carabeef consumption increasing

by Editor
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Indian beef and buffalo meat production and exports are expected to continue increasing despite a slight decline in the cattle and buffalo herd over recent years.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) this comes as a result of increasing international demand, cost competitiveness of Indian product and higher domestic consumption as income levels rise and the younger generation switch to non vegetarian dishes.

The USDA expects total beef and buffalo meat production to reach 2.8 million tonnes cwt in 2009, up 12% from 2007, while the cattle and buffalo herd is expected to reach 281.2 million head in 2009, down 0.2% over the period.

Exports are expected to reach 850,000 tonne cwt in 2009, with buffalo meat accounting for 90% of total exports.

Machinery is increasingly replacing bullocks in field operations, which are being diverted to meat production, together with low milk yielding buffaloes and cows. These are being replaced with more productive dairy cows.

Sheep and goat meat production and consumption has been stable as production has not increased, these meats also remain dearer compared to other meats.