Panaji: There is no shortage of beef in Goa, Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho said on Friday. However, he admitted that the state’s only legal abattoir was not running to its full capacity reports IANS and temporary shortages could be possible on certain days of high demand.
Godinho was replying to a question from Congress MLA Francisco Silveira in the state legislative assembly who alleged that there was a temporary beef shortage in the beef belt, which could hamper the tourism industry, with foreigners being the main consumers of beef in the coastal state during the peak tourist season.
According to IANS, the minister though said that Goa’s only legal slaughterhouse, the Goa Meat Complex, was not able to slaughter adequate number of cattle, due to livestock transport permit issues in neighbouring states.
The Congress leader wanted to know whether regular and sufficient beef supply would be ensured by the government.
There have been complaints of shortage of beef in Goa due to the increased demand in the tourist and festival season, with beef being much cheaper than sea food and mutton. While the resorts and shacks are willing to pay more and pass the burden on the tourists, the common man in Goa is left with no beef on certain days, particularly in North Goa or in beach areas or seafront belt.
Godinho, a minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition cabinet in his written reply said: “There is no reported shortage.”
“The Goa Meat Complex Ltd is fully operational. However, at present the traders are unable to bring animals for slaughter, as they are not getting Transport Permit Certificate to bring animals from outside the state,” Godinho said.
On an average, 22 cattle are being slaughtered every day, he said, even as the abattoir has the capacity to slaughter 120 cattle per shift, reported IANS.
Official statistics say that nearly 30 to 50 tons of beef is consumed in the state every day, largely by visiting tourists and the minority communities in the state, who account for nearly a third of Goa’s population. To meet the full demand of beef in Goa and keep prices and quality in check, Goa needs at least 60 tons of beef each day and about 80 tons of beef on festival days.
In July 2016, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had assured the assembly that the government would ensure regular supply of beef to the state.