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Manohar Parrikar: Goa can import beef from Karnataka to avoid shortage

Beef is commonly consumed in the state's tourism belt as well as by Goa's minorities

IANS  |  Panaji 

Manohar Parrikar
Manohar Parrikar

To avoid beef shortage in Goa, Chief Minister on Tuesday said the BJP-led government has kept open its option of importing it from Karnataka.

Parrikar told the assembly: "We have not closed the option to stop getting meat from Belgaum (in Karnataka) to ensure that there is no shortage.

"I can assure you that inspection of beef from the neighbouring state will be done by a proper and authorised medical doctor, and not others," he said in response to a question by MLA Nilesh Cabral.

Parrikar also said that around 2,000 kg of beef was slaughtered daily at the state's only legal abattoir, the Meat Complex, at Ponda, around 40 km from here.

"The rest (of the beef demand) is met by Karnataka," Parrikar said. "The government does not have any intention to restrict bringing animals for slaughter at the Meat Complex from the neighbouring state."

Beef is commonly consumed in the state's tourism belt as well as by Goa's minorities, which account for more than 30 per cent of the state's population.

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First Published: Tue, July 18 2017. 15:06 IST