National meat and poultry processing board launched

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New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Government launched a National Meat and Poultry Processing Board here today.

Launching it at a ceremony here, the Minister for Food Processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahai, said this apex body will work as a National hub for addressing all key issues related to the meat and poultry processing sector for the systematic and proper development of this sector.

He said that the constitution of the apex body was long overdue.

Sahai added that the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board will be an autonomous body and would initially be funded by the Government for two years and would be managed by the industry itself.

"The Board will have 19 Members including CEO of the Board. Nine members shall be ex-officio members. Of these three members will represent Central Ministries, four shall be drawn from the State Governments and two will be drawn from training/research institutes involved in the meat sector," he said.

"The Board would serve as a single window service provider for producers/manufacturers and exporters of meat and meat products for promoting and regulating the meat industry as a whole and it would result in large number of employment opportunities. It would also help the rural farmers for increasing their income," Sahai said. (ANI)

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