India is poised to take a larger step on to the world stage when it comes to meat, delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.
The country is the largest bovine producer in the world, according to Nasser Ghulam Hamid Shaikh, vice-president of the Allana Group, referring to the country’s huge reserves of buffalo meat.
Allana Group is the largest producer of halal bovine meat in the world, he told the conference in Beijing. India was now exporting to 65 countries around the world, and with beef production declining around the world, there was increased scope for India to play a greater role, he said, adding that they were keen to put “China on that list” of countries.
Richard Brown, director with market analysts Gira, said India was an increasing presence on the export market, and was offering a low-cost alternative to traditional beef supplies for a number of markets.
The Indian buffalo population was showing strong growth, and with increased demand within the dairy sector, he said that more buffalo would be available for the meat sector. “Buffalo is referred to in India as black gold,” he said. “India is poised to emerge as the biggest producer and exporter of bovine meat ins the years to come.”