National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad has successfully conducted a one day interactive workshop on 28/09/2010 as per the request made by Emu Producers Association of Hyderabad with a focal theme “Prospects of processing and marketing of emu products”. In an effort to promote the sustained, alternate poultry farming, better employment opportunities and achieving nutritional security through animal protein source, NRC Meat has undertaken this interaction seminar with more than 15 emu farmers from in and around Hyderabad.
According to Dr. S.K. Maine, Joint secretary, Emu Farmers Welfare Association, Andhra Pradesh stands number one in emu population followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with approximately 46,000 breeders and 50,000 growers. Presently emu are distributed throughout the country from KanyaKumari to Kashmir. Emu meat is considered as red meat equivalent to mutton/goat meat in its colour and texture and is rich in proteins and Iron with lower fat and cholesterol content. Presently NRC Meat is evaluating emu meat quality and processing into different value added products. Recently special chief secretary to Govt. Andhra Pradesh, Dept. Animal Husbandry has also requested NRC Meat to takeup studies and projects on emu meat for its processing and popularization for generation of marketing avenues.
Honourable Shri.Giriraj Singh, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries from Bihar visited National Research Centre on Meat on 21st January, 2011. During his visit he had detailed discussion on meat processing technologies and different value added meat products of this centre with institute Director, Dr. N. Kondaiah and fellow scientists. Honourable Minister has enquired into prospects of Emu meat products and their public acceptability.
Processing and marketing of emu products has been considered an important requirement in recent days as large population of emu are facing disposal problem with farmers. The vast experience of NRC Meat scientists in chicken meat processing is being beneficially utilized in developing value added products from emu meat for the benefit of farmers and consumers. In continuation of its efforts to help emu farmers NRC Meat has recently organised a three day Entrepreneurial training program on “Value added chicken and emu meat products processing for small scale entrepreneurs” from November 21-23, 2011. Six emu farmers/entrepreneurs from Krishna Emu Farm Products Pvt. Ltd., Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh have attended this training.