Indian Meat & Poultry sector has always provided solace to the rural farmer apart from crops. India is the 5th largest producer of meat and poultry in the world and has the world largest population of livestock. It exports roughly 70% of its buffalo meat production. It is much favoured due to its lean and organic nature. Goat and lamb meat are also produced but its activity is relatively small. One of the reason is local demand is outstripping supply. In poultry, India is 9th largest producer in the world and 18th largest producer in terms of egg.
Indian consumption of eggs is 55 per person per year. Currently, India has 27 integrated meat processing and export centre all are covered by APEDA (Agriculture Products Export Development Authority). There is a dire need to expand cold storage infrastructure to realize some of the gains in the industry.