Report highlights importance of India as global meat player

By Georgi Gyton

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India exported around US$4bn of buffalo meat last year
India exported around US$4bn of buffalo meat last year

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A new report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has highlighted the importance of India on the global market, its bovine meat (buffalo) exports estimated to be the second-largest in the world.

The country exported around US$4bn-worth of buffalo meat in 2013 - an increase of $3bn on 2009 figures.

The report said India’s exports of water buffalo meat (carabeef) were very competitively priced, with south-east Asia its largest export market, accounting for around 60% of its exports last year.

"Since India supplies boneless halal cuts, it is very attractive supplier for predominantly Muslim countries. As a result, another 32% of its exports went to Middle East/North African countries,"​ said the report.

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