Govt to start meat export from Kerala soon
Alappuzha: The Meat Products of India under the State Department of Animal Husbandry will export meat to foreign countries. The meat scientifically produced in the plant at Edayar in Koothattukulam will be exported to Vietnam, Thailand and Brunei.
The meat plant set up in 25 hectares in Edayar for Rs 31.2 crore has the capacity to butcher 400 cattle per day. 35 metric ton meat and other value added products can be produced here.
The meat is prepared under the supervision of doctors, food technologist and supervisors. Only cattle not affected by diseases are butchered in the plant.
The meat separated after butchery will be frozen at 4 degree for 6 hours and then packed. This is brought for sale keeping in deep freezer. When one animal is butchered, 30 percent meat, 25 percent hide and 22 percent bones can be obtained.
The products except for meat and hide are turned into value added products. The meat of buffalo, bull, goat, duck, chicken and pig will be exported and sold here through fresh meat sales centres to be set up in every district with the cooperation of district panchayats.
Managing Director of Meat Products of India Ltd Dr. Bijulal said that the present annual turnover is Rs 16.5 crore and this will increase 5-10 times when export starts.
Also it has been decided to make good meat available all over the state. By the end of August, meat from Kerala will be exported for the first time, he added.