“The butcher can make meat for as little as five or six rupees a kilo, depending on how much it weighs,” says a butcher at a meat-processing factory in the city of Bhatinda.
“But it’s quite expensive.
The butcher can take the carcass of a cow, and make it for as much as five rupees, or even more.
The slaughterhouse is a huge place, and there’s a lot going on.””
I’m not sure if I should be talking about the meat industry at all,” says the butcher.
“It’s like a lot more than a job.
It’s a lifestyle.”
The butcher is one of the most important jobs in India’s beef-packing industry, and many farmers in the region, as well as traders and businessmen, say the meat is the backbone of their livelihoods.
But the country’s largest meat producer, the beef producer Bharat Karni Enterprises (BKCE), has struggled to keep pace with demand and prices have risen sharply in recent years.
The company’s chairman, Rajendra Prasad, said on Friday that he was taking measures to stem the increase in prices, adding that the firm would increase its sales by “more than 50%” in the coming months.
While many farmers have lost out in the global beef market, they have benefited from the export of some of the country, which accounts for half of India’s exports.
“We have a huge market.
There are more than 100 million people in India, but we export about 25% of our meat.
In the past, people used to buy the meat from abroad and then export it to us,” says Gautam Kumar, owner of a poultry farm in the nearby state of Goa.
But some farmers have found that the increased price of their meat has affected their ability to feed their family.
“When the price of beef has gone up, the prices of poultry have gone up as well,” says Komal, who also runs a vegetable garden in Goa and has invested in beef.
“I have lost a lot in my farming and now I have to feed my family.
If the prices are not fixed, I won’t be able to feed them,” he adds.
India is home to the world’s largest cattle herd.
But while some cattle have been spared, a growing number of animals, including buffaloes, sheep and bulls, have become critically endangered, especially in areas like the western state of Madhya Pradesh.
India’s meat exports account for about 50% of its total agricultural exports.
But despite India’s huge meat exports, many experts believe the industry’s export boom has led to a growing problem in the country of 1.3 billion people.
“India is a country that is becoming increasingly dependent on meat.
The demand for meat has become increasingly erratic and erratic in recent times,” says Ravi Datta, a former government official who has studied the issue.
“This has led the government to focus on the export industry instead of the meat sector.”
Roughly 80% of India is currently consuming more than 80% less meat than the country could consume without the aid of imports.
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India imports about half of its beef, with imports from other countries making up the rest.
The rest of the imports are from the United States, China, South Korea and Australia.
The country’s growing appetite for meat also has a negative impact on its environment.
The Worldwatch Institute estimates that India accounts for more than 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and that beef accounts for almost 30% of the total.
“We need to see that demand is not going to be affected by climate change,” says S.N. Sivakumar, a professor of global health at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
“The meat industry will suffer in the future if demand for beef is to increase.”
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