World Meat Congress: India is top halal exporter

India has become one of the leading exporters of halal bovine meat, with local industry referring to buffalo meat as "black gold".

Speaking at the World Meat Congress in Argentina, Rashid Kadimi, told delegates that India had seen its buffalo meat exports rise from 160,000t to 650,000t between 1999 and 2009. The main markets for Indian meat are Africa and China.

He said: “Buffalo beef’s ability to retain moisture makes it the choice meat for processing.” He added that good sanitary standards and a strong control programme for FMD made Indian meat a popular choice on the export market.

Kadimi added that due to the meat’s status as halal, India was now the number one exporter of halal meat in the world.

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