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‘High-tech’ Indian slaughterhouse officially opened

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Last updated on 26-May-2017 at 16:55 GMT2017-05-26T16:55:33Z

India has a huge cow herd, despite 80% of the population not eating beef
India has a huge cow herd, despite 80% of the population not eating beef

Kerala-based protein packer Meats Products of India has opened a “high-tech” slaughterhouse in a remote part of the country.

The government-owned meat processing and packaging firm opened its new slaughterhouse in the village of Edayar, southern India, on 27 May. It will be christened by the Government of Kerala’s Minister for Forests, Animal Husbandry and Zoos, K Raju.

The company claimed investment in the new slaughterhouse came to around 31 crores (Rs 31 crore/$480,000), and the cash comes from both public and private coffers.

The Indian Government Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) has invested around Rs 14 crore ($216,000), while the Government of Kerala has pumped in over Rs 6 crore ($92,000).

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Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, set up in the 1990s to finance rural construction work, contributed Rs 9 crore ($143,000).

Meat Products of India has invested Rs 0.9 crore ($13,000) in the slaughterhouse.

The meat processor could not be reached to explain why they have described the new government-backed slaughterhouse as “high-tech”, but unverified local media reports have provided a clue.

According to the Times of India , the slaughterhouse and processing facility is “100% pollution free”. The plant has a water-treatment facility, as well as capabilities to process animal waste.

The same article also suggested the factory has two separate wings: one to slaughter 200 cattle and the other to kill 200 pigs per day.

At the time of writing, neither Meat Products of India nor the Government of Kerala could be reached to comment on this.

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