According to a data available with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), out of total meat export worth of Rs 25,168.33 crore in 2018-19, about Rs 11,914.49 crore was to Vietnam, Rs 2,574.63 crore to Malaysia and Rs 2,266.99 crore to Indonesia. China started a clampdown of this illegal imports through stricter border controls since December, which was pegged at $2 billion annually.
“We are having a capacity utilisation of only 25 per cent and a lost of Rs 25-30 lakh for last four months and the complete lock-down for 21 days now is leading to a loss of over Rs three crore per month. Meat production has dropped as orders from Asian and middle-eastern countries became zero since January, leading to a drop in availability of tallow too,” said Sarthak Soni, director of Jaipur-based Rajputana Biodiesel. Soni added that around 40-50 retail outlets are there in Rajasthan that sells bio-diesel and unless the government consider it as an essential item as a clean fuel, Corona may completely destroy the industry.
“Because of Corona, our industry is the most affected. We are in talks with member units and buyers to have an immediate start of production, post lock-down period,” said Sandeep Chaturvedi, President of Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI).