VC TNVASU urges more funding for meat research

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VC TNVASU urges more funding for meat research

Postby shyvet » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:53 am

CHENNAI: (28Jul06)The Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) has suggested that slaughterhouses be directly linked to meat processing units.

Addressing a symposium on `Prospects and challenges in Indian meat industry' here on Thursday, Dr. Balaraman said such a link would not only help in providing quality products to meat eaters but also improve hygiene in abattoirs.

On the role of veterinarians, Dr. Balaraman said they should equip themselves to meet the challenges that emerged in the form of new diseases. Some of these diseases show symptoms, but some others none. Veterinarians should study and prepare themselves to treat the emerging types of diseases, he said.

Dr. Balaraman felt that a large potential of meat was yet to be exploited by the industry. The industry could think of birds such as Japanese Quails, emus, turkeys and rabbits. These species could be best alternatives to chicken and mutton. More funds should be allocated to take up research and development in the field of meat science, he said

Inaugurating the symposium, Dr. M.Ranganathan, former professor and head, Meat Sciences department, recalled the various activities taken up at the Veterinary College during his tenure.

V.Kesava Rao, president, Indian Meat Science Association (IMSA) and Professor and Head, Livestock Products Technology, Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pondicherry, said about 70 per cent of Indians were non-vegetarians and the per capita meat consumption was about three kg. An estimated 6.3 million metric tonnes of meat was produced, which included poultry meat, he said.

Dr. Lalitha John, Dean, Madras Veterinary College, spoke.

U.K.Pal, secretary, IMSA and Dr. V.Venkataramanujam, organising secretary, were among those who participated.
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