Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan has called a meeting of the processed-food exports promotion body on Tuesday to assess meat export from the country and to ensure that cow meat is not illegally exported.
“I have convened a meeting of the APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) tomorrow to check meat export from the country,” said Balyan.
The meeting will discuss measures to tally the availability of the buffalo meat and the quantity being exported. Export of cow meat from India is prohibited.
He, however, claimed that illegal meat export to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 15,000 crore took place in the country every year.
Adding that while cow slaughter was banned in almost all the states except Kerala and some northeast states, he said that the Central government cannot impose a nation-wide ban. So the government, Balyan added, must think of other measures to control cow slaughter.