Study on Meat Trade in Pune

The state has in all some 338 registered slaughter houses, most of them for large animals. The small ruminant meat trade in Maharashtra including meat and live animal export (excluding poultry meat) aggregates annually to some 1,50,000 M.T and it is worth Rs.22.50 billion. Pune has a flourishing meat trade with 400 meat retail outlets. Over 3000 small ruminants are slaughtered everyday and trade volumes are close to 36 M.T of chevon / mutton / lamb. Unfortunately the city does not have a slaughter house for small ruminants while it has some 4 large animal slaughter houses. Slaughter of small ruminants takes place in the 400 meat retail shops. Meat trade, throughout the state is devoid of basic cleanliness and hygiene; meat in general is not handled as a human food item. There is an urgent need to streamline meat trade in all major urban Centres of Maharashtra.

If we look at the entire value chain right from the sale of meat stock to wholesalers, to retailers and to the final delivery to consumers, it can be seen that there are huge synergies which can be exploited.  For most of the other food products a number of favorable changes have been introduced in the trade during last few years. With the coming up of large food chains and retail stores, we are witnessing changes which have the potential of revolutionizing the manner in which these food products are going to be traded and consumed. This is the most appropriate time for undertaking a study which will evaluate the potential for this trade and to make some positive recommendations. It is a win-win situation whereby consumers get the right quality at the right price, while the farmers and the traders also get their due share in a fair and transparent manner.

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The state has in all some 338 registered slaughter houses, most of them for large animals. The small ruminant meat trade in Maharashtra including meat and live animal export (excluding poultry meat) aggregates annually to some 1,50,000 M.T and it is worth Rs.22.50 billion. Pune has a flourishing meat trade with 400 meat retail outlets. Over 3000 small ruminants are slaughtered everyday and trade volumes are close to 36 M.T of chevon / mutton / lamb. Unfortunately the city does not have a slaughter house for small ruminants while it has some 4 large animal slaughter houses. Slaughter of small ruminants takes place in the 400 meat retail shops. Meat trade, throughout the state is devoid of basic cleanliness and hygiene; meat in general is not handled as a human food item. There is an urgent need to streamline meat trade in all major urban Centres of Maharashtra.

If we look at the entire value chain right from the sale of meat stock to wholesalers, to retailers and to the final delivery to consumers, it can be seen that there are huge synergies which can be exploited.  For most of the other food products a number of favorable changes have been introduced in the trade during last few years. With the coming up of large food chains and retail stores, we are witnessing changes which have the potential of revolutionizing the manner in which these food products are going to be traded and consumed. This is the most appropriate time for undertaking a study which will evaluate the potential for this trade and to make some positive recommendations. It is a win-win situation whereby consumers get the right quality at the right price, while the farmers and the traders also get their due share in a fair and transparent manner.

Under this component it is proposed that a comprehensive meat study for Pune City be undertaken. The basic aim of the study would be to have a closer look at the entire meat value chain in a city like Pune starting from the livestock owner to the slaughter house and finally to the urban meat retail shop and consumer. It will identify the issues involved in meat transport and retail and it will also consider the possibility of setting up a modern slaughter house for small ruminants. The social, legal and environmental implications of streamlining the meat trade chain will be evaluated. The proposed study would be undertaken by a professional consultant who has the required experience in this area and the consultant will be expected to complete the study in six months on the basis of which a comprehensive proposal for modernization and streamlining of meat trade in Pune can be submitted for consideration by the GOM / World Bank. This study shall be conducted by consultant contracted by PIU-AHD in consultation with ABPF and under the overall technical oversight of ABPF.

ABPF with the help of PIU – AHD will draw ToR for selection of consultant for this study. Contracting of Consultant will be done by PIU-AHD.
The study will be carried out by an accomplished consultant and the output of the study will comprise:

  • Situation Analysis of the meat market in the Pune City: Volume, Infrastructure, supply chain, and retail trade
  • Situation Analysis of the existing slaughter facilities / practices, meat transport and
  • handling, meat trade / meat retailing, hygiene and quality control
  • Need for modernization of slaughter facilities including the establishment of a new slaughter facility for small ruminants,
  • Regulatory frame work for assuring quality, quality control, hygiene and public health safeguards.
  • Modernization of meat handling, transport, meat retailing and retail outlets
  • Design and plan for SR Slaughter House with Equipment List, Specifications, Source of Supply, and
  • Investment Dimensions and Techno-economic Analysis.
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