Small-scale buffalo-keeping in India goes big time–With exports a quarter of world’s beef market

argylesock says… This is exciting news for development and for people working their way out of poverty. I notice that there’s no mention here of animal welfare, but infectious disease does get a mention.

ILRI Clippings

Buffalo in a village homestead in the Himalayan foothills of northern India

Buffalo in a village homestead in the Himalayan foothills of northern India (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan).

‘Alas for the sacred cow: Beef exports from India are expected to surge 30 per cent this year, giving this country a quarter of the world market.

‘This is a good-news story in a lurching economy. Livestock industries, from eggs to pigs to butter, are expanding rapidly, and it is growth that directly engages the poorest people in the country.

‘Three-quarters of India’s livestock is produced by small-scale farmers, the majority of them women, and by landless people who raise animals at home.

‘Only three years ago, India’s market share was just 8 per cent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which says India will be the single biggest exporter of beef.

‘Demand is being driven from the Middle East and fast-growing economies in Southeast Asia, countries that want low-cost products.

‘Vietnam was the…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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