New Delhi (Reuters) – India’s new beef ban is expected to take its financial toll on people’s biryans, which are the world’s largest.
The government has introduced a two-week cooling-off period for biryacans that contain more than 3,000 grams of meat, or 0.3 kg (1.2 lb) per person.
India has not issued any similar ban for chicken, pork or beef.
The new rules are expected to save some 1 billion biryaks from farmers and the biryan market, which accounts for 70 percent of India’s export earnings.
But they are expected by traders to affect people’s appetite for bryas, the country’s staple foods.
The biryas, often cooked and served in a pattie shape, have become popular with many Indians as they are cheap and filling.
Traders say the restrictions on bryades will have a devastating effect on people.
“The restrictions will have an impact on the bryadis business.
They are not used as a food.
It will be a big hit on their business,” said Shilpa Prabhu, managing director of Mumbai-based food consultancy Bhushan Mehta Group.
The ban will affect about 1.8 billion bryads, or 1 percent of the total market, and could affect 1.3 million bryabs, or about a third of the market, according to a Reuters survey of food traders.
Many bryadas have already stopped processing and selling the brawas and are waiting for the government to relax its restrictions.
India, which produces about two-thirds of the world bryabas, is trying to reduce the burden of meat imports.
India imports about $20 billion worth of meat from the United States, Britain, Canada and other countries each year.
Meat exports to the United Kingdom fell 2 percent to $1.6 billion in September, according the UK Export Council, the largest U.K. exporter.
India’s imports from the rest of the Western world, including Australia, fell 3.6 percent in September to $4.6 million.
The Indian meat trade, which is a global concern for the U.S. and other nations, has been hurt by a series of food scandals involving biryadas that implicated Indian meat traders.
The U.N. food agency in November said India’s food safety and hygiene regulations were not adequately followed and that Indian meat and poultry products should be treated differently from other meat products.
The World Trade Organization recently banned India’s poultry industry for five years over its treatment of its biryabe trade.