Trucks carrying cattle were sent back from Goa-Karnataka check post and the officials refused to issue any certificate. Meat trade in Goa hugely depends upon the cattle fairs in Karnataka’s border districts and has been severely hit after the government’s notification banning the trade of cattle for slaughter and meat. “For the first time, as a Goan, we are afraid. We didn’t want to take a chance,” Anwar Bepari, president of the Qureshi Meat Traders Association, said.
Beef is a major source of attraction for the tourists in Goa. The majority of cattle comes from cattle fairs in Karnataka, particularly Belgaum pertaining to factors as proximity and “better pricing”. No fresh cattle was brought on Thursday by any of the traders, according to the report.
A truckload of cattle is brought in Goa Meat Complex, a clean facility with a resting space for the animals. The animals here are physically examined and are treated before they are awarded the ”medically fit for slaughter” certificate by a group of veterinarians.
The veterinarians are authorised by the Goa Animal Husbandry Board.
Senior official at Goa Meat Complex told Indian Express that even though there are 45 bullocks (4.5 tonne) of meat they can’t take any cattle without a certificate from the animal husbandry officer. The complex which was not operating for 8 years has now revived after huge amount of money was spent to raise the standards of the facility and to adopt hygienic methods of slaughter.
Traders said that after the ban, the first information they got was that the doctors are being pulled out from the cattle market fairs in Belgaum. Traders were anxious that without veterinary doctors’ fit certificate, they will not get the ”fit to transport” certificate-which in turn will make them vulnerable to mobs and police.
The total cost of ferrying a bullock, arranging fee for the medical tests, and the purchase is around Rs 30,000. The Goa minister in charge of animal husbandry, Vijay Sardesai said that he cannot give any assurances, as the notification has to be studied and measures taken.
The Goa minister in charge of animal husbandary said that he cannot give any assurances to people because the notifications need to be studied first. Speaking from his experience, the minister said that the ban will first affect the farmers, the meat and leather trade and will then the hit the hospitality industry.