Emu meat is considered to be taste like beef, red in color like beef and a fibrous meat. We all knew fibrous meat is most suitable for Briyani, which is pricey indian feast food in India and across the globe.
So, how to introduce this meat in Indian domestic market? We will look in detail..
Let's look at the Meat Consumption Scenario in India:
"The per capita consumption of beef / buffalo in India is 2.8 kg, about half that of fish, but more than twice the average intake of mutton, pork and poultry. According to statistics compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the total number of animals slaughtered for meat in India rose from 66,299,600 head in 1980 to 106,239,000 head in 2000, nearly doubling. There was a rise in the total number of cows and buffaloes slaughtered for meat in India from 15,644,000 head in 1980 to 24,300,000 head in 2000, an increase in total beef meat and buffalo meat production of 1,673,972 in 1980 to 2,863,400 in 2000."
The above figures are 10 years old statistics (lazy officers... Ministry of Food Processing yet to process 2008 figures, which are already 2 years old. In overseas, they are able to release last quarter statistics, on the fourth month). However, the domestic market is huge. The price per Kg works out to be Rs.120/- for export, whereas Rs.150/- for domestic. To compete this segment with a price tag of Rs.350/- Per Kg for Emu Meat is a impossible task. So, we need to change the way Emu meat is being marketed. We will look into this in the later part of this post.
"It should be kept in mind that due to social reasons, the consumption of buffalo meat is restricted in India. While over 70% of Indians are non- vegetarian by choice or religious belief, consumption of beef and pork is limited. The slaughter of cow / Bull is prohibited in all but two states (Kerala and West Bengal). Although more emphasis is given on beef imports and states of Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and others metropolis do witness beef production."
Still, 30% of people consuming meat in India is a huge number. We have discussed in detail in one of the previous post.
Positing of a product is more important than the product itself.
Emu meat is healthier for heart, according to US FDA, compared to other meats.
My point here is that, we need to emphasis on the heart-healthy nature of the emu meat to the customers.
Secondly, Emu meat has to be processed in a facility and marketed domestically. When there is a centralized facility, transportation poses a major challenge in keeping the freshness of the meat. Inevitably, the meat has to be marketed as a frozen meat. Indians used to buy the meat fresh, but nowadays, they already started buying frozen chicken in superstores, thanks to Venky Hatcheries and Suguna Chickens. This is a good sign for the aspiring Emu Meat Manufacturers.
Thirdly, food processing institutes (catering Colleges), are to be engaged by the Meat Manufactures and Government Ministry to provide best ways to prepare Emu Meat dishes in a tastier manner. These cooking methods have to be given away to Cooks as a Free Training through regional Food Mela's. The Emu Meat has to be sponsored by the Manufacturers for the Mela. Also, Television shows to teach how to cook emu meat in a tastier manner through Chefs, as a regular weekly programme.
Fourthly, State Governments shall release Newspaper Advertisements and short Commercials on the Nutritional value of Emu Meat in the respective states.
Fifthly, Self-Help Groups have to be engaged to rear Emu Chicks in large scale, so that they can grow the bird and sell it to Slaughtering Houses on a per kilo basis. The SHGs shall be sponsored by the Emu Meat Manufacturers through MicroFinance Loan Scheme of the Government, with a buy-back arrangements after 15 months. The farms shall be inspected prior to shipping them to Slaughter house by the Meat Manufacturer's officials to ensure the healthy nature of the birds. Once they are approved, they can send the birds to the Slaughter house and weigh them and receive the money instantly. Strictly No Credit. Banks shall enforce this on the Meat Manufacturers.
I hope relevant people, both aspiring emu entrepreneurs and government officials read this post to take the message in a relevant state.