To provide aid to local bodies to set up slaughterhouses
Central grant will be available for establishing slaughterhousesThe products will be marketed through the Civil Supplies Corporation and Horti Corp
KANNUR: State-owned Meat Products India (MPI) will increase its annual meat production from 300 tonnes to 600 tonnes as efforts are on to modernise existing facilities in its plant at Koothattukulam.
MPI chairman C. Krishnan said at a press conference here on Tuesday that the annual production in its pig and rabbit farms would also be increased as part of augmenting the meat production. While the annual production of piglets would be doubled to 4,800, that of rabbits would be increased from existing 5,000 to 15,000. Pig and rabbit reproduction centres would be started in selected districts through Kudumbasree units and voluntary organisations. The target was to supply 20,000 piglets and 35,000 rabbits a year, he said.
Mr. Krishnan said the MPI would provide technical assistance to local bodies willing to set up scientific slaughterhouses. Stating that Central grant would be available for establishing slaughterhouses, he said meat products from these slaughterhouses would be marketed under the MPI label if these satisfied the quality requirements set by the MPI.
He said that in view of the demand in foreign markets for organic meat products, the MPI would encourage rearing of organic rabbits and ducks. Exports of certified organic meat products would start from next year, he said. Plans were afoot to market MPI products in European markets in collaboration with export agencies, he said.
Mr. Krishnan said the MPI was in the process of starting more units for rearing poultry, quail, rabbit, goat and pig through Kudumbasree units. This initiative was estimated to produce 140 tonnes of rabbit meat, 70 tonnes of quail meat, 20 tonnes of mutton and 300 tonnes of pork more every year.
The Government had already allowed the MPI to purchase quails, chickens, rabbits, goats and pigs from such registered units directly. Meat products from them would be marketed through these Kudumbasree units, he added.
Announcing that marketing of the MPI meat products would be expanded in the State, Mr. Krishnan said that steps were already on to appoint marketing agencies in all districts. The products would also be marketed through the Civil Supplies Corporation and Horti Corp. Campaigns would be launched across the State to create awareness about unhygienic meat production.
MPI Managing Director P.V. Mohanan, who was also present at the press conference, said that 90 per cent of the total two tonne meat being sold in the State a year was produced in unhygienic conditions. Over 10 lakh cattle were being slaughtered in the State every year in unauthorised slaughterhouses, he said adding that only 44 of the total 889 slaughterhouses were authorised.
Though slaughtering should be carried out in day light as per law, it was invariably done in the wee hours in the State, he said. These unauthorised slaughterhouses were also causing various environmental problems, he added. MPI chairman said that the price of meat products of the MPI had been slashed by 25 per cent as a Christmas gift. The slashed price would come into effect from December 15, he said.