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No fall in beef exports from legal slaughterhouse: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

India is largest exporter of buffalo meat and country shipped nearly $4 billion worth meat in FY17

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

No fall in beef exports from legal slaughterhouse, says Harsimrat Kaur Badal

There is no dip in beef from legally approved abattoirs in India, Food Processing Minister said on Tuesday.

The recent crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in is in line with the Supreme order to curb environment pollution and protect people's health, she added.

is the largest exporter of buffalo meat and the country shipped nearly $4 billion worth meat in 2016-17. In April, beef fell by 7.62 per cent to $257.06 million, according to the official data.

"As far as I know, the export (of beef) takes place from legal places as quality and standards have to be maintained. I doubt whether illegal slaughter houses were exporting. To say that in the last two months, have come down it is incorrect," Badal told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

The is taking strict action against illegal abattoirs because the Supreme had ordered shut down of these slaughter houses due to environment and health hazard.

"Many governments had turned a blind eye (illegal abattoirs) due to political reasons," the minister said.

However, the Modi-is taking steps to implement the apex order to protect environment and health of people, she added.

In March, the UP had acted against unauthorised abattoirs in the state, forcing the industry to go on strike in March. In May, the central government banned cattle trade in animal markets for slaughter.

According to the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), the cattle trade ban would impact meat exports in the coming months.

"There is a need to do necessary changes to address supply side constraints," FIEO Director-General Ajay Sahay had said recently.

First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 16:56 IST