Meaty affair: Sheep and goat meat processing plant to be set up at Haringhata
Kolkata: The West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation (WBLDC) is all set to come up with a sheep and goat meat processing plant at Haringhata in Nadia district. The move is a part of the WBLDC to cater to the love for meat among people of the state.
"We will have the capacity to slaughter and process as many as 300 animals per day in this new plant. The machineries for the slaughter of goats and sheep will be different," said Gouri Shankar Koner, managing director of WBLDC. Around 2.5 tonnes of mutton will be available on a daily basis from the plant.
The plant is expected to be operational from May-June this year and the meat will be sold at the outlets of Haringhata Meat in 500 gm and 1 kg packets for both mutton and ham.
The meat will be of black Bengal goat which is of the best quality. The pack for 1 kg mutton will be priced at Rs 550 and that for ham will be Rs 500 per kg.
Till now, processed chicken meat in various forms has been sold from 230 outlets of Haringhata Meat.
"We had sold mutton on a trial basis at a few outlets and the response was overwhelming. This encouraged us to go for setting up the new unit to cater to all outlets," Koner said.
It may be mentioned that the plant is coming up on a 2-acre land with an investment of Rs 3 crore. The machineries for the infrastructure are being brought from Pune and Italy.
The entire process of slaughter and processing will be strictly in adherence to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
"We will gradually build up a supply chain and will provide it to various restaurants," an official said.
It may be mentioned that the WBLDC that comes under the aegis of the state Animal Resources Development department is setting up a chicken and pork processing plant at Phansidewa in Darjeeling. The unit will cater to the huge demand for meat in North Bengal and the North-Eastern states.
It may be mentioned that the processing unit at Phansidewa will have 7 metric tonne per day capacity which is double than that of the existing one at Haringhata.
The state government is investing Rs 32 crore for the project which is expected to be operational by May-June this year.