Processed Meat

The total processing capacity in India is over 1 million tons per annum, of which 40-50 percent is utilized. India exports about 1,713,723.61 tons of Animal Products in 2021-22, mostly buffalo meat. Indian buffalo meat is witnessing strong demand in international markets due to its lean character and near organic nature. Unlike cow slaughter, there is no social taboo in killing buffalo for meat. Goat and lamb meat are relatively small segments where local demand is outstripping supply.


The recent trend in India is to establish large abattoirs-cum-meat processing plants with the latest technology. India has already established ten state-of-art mechanized abattoirs-cum-meat processing plants in various states based on slaughtering buffaloes and sheep. These plants are environmentally friendly, where all the slaughterhouse byproducts are utilized in the production of meat-cum-bone meal, tallow, bone chips and other value-added products. Several more are under construction. The plants follow all the sanitary and phytosanitary measures required by the International Animal Health code of the World Organization for Animal Health (O.I.E.). These plants mostly produce buffalo meat for export. India is becoming a major buffalo meat-producing country and will be a main player in the international market with the additional establishment of the state-of-art-abattoirs cum meat processing plants.

Areas of Production:
Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan are the key areas of processed meat production in India.
The individual products under this sub-head are as below:

Sausages & Canned Meat
Homogenized Meat Preparations
Preserved Meats
Other Poultry Meat
Preserved Meat of Bovine Animals
Meat Extracts & Meat Juices

India Facts and Figures :
The country has exported 462.58 of processed meat to the world worth Rs. 10.56 Crores/ 1.42 USD Millions during the year 2021-22.
Major Export Destinations (2021-22): Hong Kong, Bhutan, Qatar, Vietnam, Kuwait and U Arab Emts.