Goa has not closed the option of importing beef from Karnataka: Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar

PORVORIM: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar told Goa Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that the BJP-led coalition government had kept the option of importing of beef from Karnataka open.

Replying to a question tabled by Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral, Parrikar said, “We have not closed the option to stop getting meat from Belgaum (in Karnataka) to ensure that there is no shortage. I can assure you that inspection of beef from neighbouring stage will be done by a proper medical doctor those who are authorised to do it, rather than by others.”

The issue came up for discussion amid noise by the Opposition members who wanted adjustment motion discussed immediately. Parrikar, in a written reply also said, that around 2000 kgs of beef was slaughtered at the state’s only legal abattoir, the Goa Meat Complex, located in Ponda.

 “The production by Goa meat Complex Ltd. is approximately 2000 kgs per day. The rest is met by importing from Karnataka,” Parrikar said.

“The government does not have any intention to restrict bringing animals for slaughtering at Goa Meat Complex from neighbouring State,” Parrikar also said.
Beef is commonly consumed in the state’s tourism belt as well as Goa’s minority communities, which account for more than 30 per cent of the state’s population.

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