Amid ban on slaughtering, India top in global beef export

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New Delhi, April 23: While most of the state governments in India are trying to implement strict ban on slaughtering of cows and bullocks, the nation stands contradictory in its exporting of buffalo meat.

According to the latest report released by United States department of agriculture (USDA), India stands at the top as global beef exporter sharing position with Brazil.

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The report predicts that India's beef export will cross 10.2 MT in the year 2015.

Meanwhile, the Russian market is very keen on Indian buffalo meat export as they are also thinking to increase the shipments. [Beef ban in India affects Lions and Tigers in captive]

Russia had already approved four Indian companies to export meat.

However, the data provided by Agricultural and Processed Food Products' Export Development Authority (Apeda) also indicates that the buffalo meat has already overtaken basmati rice as the largest exported commodity. [Impose ban on export of beef: Azam to Centre]

Meanwhile, Vietnam is considered as the largest buyer of Indian buffalo meat.

"The devaluation of Brazilian currency and problems in the re-export of buffalo meat from Vietnam to Hong Kong have affected Indian exports," TOI quoted DB Sabharwal, secretary of All India Meat and Livestock Exporters' Association as saying .

Most of India's export depends on water buffalo meat or carabeef.

However, the meat exporters also confirm that the ban on slaughter of bullocks and calves in Maharashtra will not affect their businesses.

While considering the national index, Uttar Pradesh stands as the largest beef producer in the country.

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