India Must Not Disrupt its Balanced Bovine Economy with a Ban on Beef

 India is a diverse country with different cultural, social, lifestyle and food habits across the country. India is also a predominantly non-vegetarian country with up to 70 per cent of its population consuming various meat and meat products. Indians consume more than half of the beef produced in the country and the rest is exported, making it the world's largest exporter. India also ranks fifth in beef production and seventh in domestic beef consumption.

Data analyzed by USIPI shows that beef production and its domestic demand is steadily increasing in India. As more and more Indians wiggle out of poverty, the domestic demand for animal-based energy and protein is increasing as the household incomes increase.
India earned $4.5 billion in beef exports in 2013, making it a significant contributor to the economy. Livestock rearing and related occupations employ about 10 per cent of the rural labour force, making it a significant part of the village economy. Small and marginal farmers rely on income from cattle as a safety net. 
Any attempts to disrupt the delicate balance is likely to have huge impact both on the village economy as well as the future GDP growth of India.
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India Must Not Disrupt its Balanced Bovine Economy with a Ban on Beef
By Abusaleh Shariff
Published in The Wire, June 26, 2015


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