Scientists at National Research Centre on Meat are working on extracting enzymes from the waste of slaughtered animals which can be used as dietary supplements for livestock and poultry.
N. Kondaiah, director, NRC Meat, said the project was started a year ago and the testing of the product at laboratory level was progressing well.
At present, these enzymes are being produced from aerobic fungus and bacteria for use in feed industry.
To reduce pollution
Once completed, the project would also help in reducing environmental pollution as the slaughter waste produces pollutant gases. He said that after the successful completion of the project, techniques might be available to extract enzymes—amylase, xylanase, and carboxymethyly cellulase from the slaughter waste.
Focus on three animals
The scientists had focussed on three meat animals, buffaloes, sheep and goats. It was found that buffaloes generally had higher quantity of xylanase, while sheep and goat had more amylase in their rumen contents.
‘Testing of the product at laboratory level progressing well'