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Meat production volume in India FY 2019 by species

In financial year 2019, poultry was the most produced meat in India, with over four million metric tons in volume. This was followed by buffalo and goat meat. On the other hand, cattle and pigs were the smallest contributors to the total meat production across the country that year.

India’s preference for poultry

India is known to consume far less meat than the global average. However, the rising urban population and increasing disposable incomes have resulted in more meat consumption. Among the various meat types, poultry is the most popular. In 2020, the consumption of poultry was over 3.9 million metric tons. The last few years saw a steady increase in the consumption of poultry meat. The main reason for the popularity and wide acceptance of white meat in India can be attributed to the religious taboos associated with beef among Hindus and pork among Muslims. As of 2019, India had a poultry population of over 850 million. It was 1.5 times the population of total livestock in the country that year.

Which part of India consumes more meat?

More than 98 percent of the people living in the south Indian state of Telangana were non-vegetarians. The majority of people in the southern and the eastern part of the country were found to consume meat. The south Indian region also accounted for the highest market share for meat across the country in 2016. On the other hand, the west region, owing to low consumption, held the lowest market share.

Volume of meat produced across India in financial year 2019, by species

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

FY 2019

Supplementary notes

India's financial year starts in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2017 started in April 2016 and ended in March 2017.

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