India is set to get 2,100 tonnes of lamb and goat meat from Europe and the USA, as part of a trade deal, a move that will ease pressure on meat traders across the border.
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said the agreement was aimed at boosting the trade between India and the West.
“India is the largest export market for lamb and goats in Europe and is likely to be the largest lamb and buffalo meat exporter to the United States,” said IFPW’s executive director, John Cacioppo.
The trade is likely not to be affected by any US restrictions on imports from India, but the meat may face stricter export controls in the US.””
This agreement is a major win for wildlife protection and conservation, as it will help increase the availability of safe, healthy and cheap meat for the domestic market.”
“The trade is likely not to be affected by any US restrictions on imports from India, but the meat may face stricter export controls in the US.”
There is some concern that India will impose a meat quota, and if so, it would be in effect for the entire region, not just India.
“The US is currently the largest importer of lamb from India and lamb from China.
The two countries have a contentious history, with India accusing the US of exploiting its agricultural land and beef farmers of exploiting the country’s forests.
The beef farmers have denied any collusion with India.
India and the US signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in November, which is expected to bring in $US7.8 billion ($8.6 billion) worth of exports.
The trade deal was originally expected to have been signed in late June, but was postponed until the end of August after Trump’s administration threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on imports.