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Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 22:24 [IST]

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New Delhi, November 18 Roadside stalls in Ahmedabad will no longer be able to sell meat. In addition, in two other major cities of Gujarat, Vadodara and Rajkot, the administration has directed vendors to cover non-vegetarian items. In addition, days have been fixed for opening meat shops in Gurugram. No matter how hard the government tries to curb the public sale of meat and meat products, the reality is that the consumption of meat in India is steadily increasing, that is, the number of non-vegetarians is declining. It is increasing day by day.

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More than 70% of the people in India are non-vegetarians

According to some reports, more than 70% of the people in India consume meat, fish or eggs. The report also reveals that despite knowing the nutritional value of eggs, about a dozen states have not made eggs a part of their mid-day meal in their schools.

On the other hand, states with less carnivorous populations are most reluctant to include eggs in their menus, according to an analysis by India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU). The decision to include eggs in the diet of children has been a topic of discussion in the country recently. While the Madhya Pradesh government has removed eggs from the children’s mid-day meal, Karnataka has included them in its diet.

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The craze of Indians for meat is growing
The debate on vegetarianism in India is never old. On the other hand, data from the National Family Health Survey-4 shows that 70 per cent women and 78 per cent men in the country eat meat in one form or another. Official figures show that Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Jharkhand are the states where the proportion of carnivores is over 97 per cent. In contrast, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Rajasthan have the lowest carnivorous population (less than 40 per cent).

Meat consumption is increasing with increasing income
Meat consumption in India has increased with the increase in income, as has happened elsewhere. According to the OECD, India consumed 6 million tonnes of meat in 2020. About half of the population in India consumes meat once a week. Incidentally, there are only nine states, including West Bengal and Kerala, where there is no ban on meat consumption. While most other states have some kind of ban based on the type of meat.

India ranks sixth in the world in meat production
According to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, India’s contribution to world meat production is 2.18 percent. That is, India ranks sixth in meat production after China, USA, Brazil, Russia and Germany. According to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, meat production in India has increased at a rate of 5.15 per cent from 2014-15 to 2019-20. According to the RBI, buffalo meat accounts for 30% of India’s total meat production. At the state level, Uttar Pradesh (15 per cent), Maharashtra (13 per cent) and West Bengal (10 per cent) have the highest meat production. According to OECD data, meat consumption in India started declining in 2010, but has picked up again since 2014.

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The rapidly growing number of non-vegetarians in India, 7 out of 10 people eat meat.

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