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.
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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