Andhra Pradesh stands 1st in egg & broiler production, 1st in meat production and 3rd in milk production.
Need For Quality Assessment Laboratory:
- The Export of meat to some countries is banned due to high contents of residual toxins.
- There is a growing demand from importers and exporters to certify on the residual toxin levels.
- To advise the farmers to have required changes in the packages of practices in livestock rearing for achieving quality filled products.
Since globalisaton of trade has increased the opportunities for export of meat, eggs and their products, there is vast potential for boosting of export of meat, eggs and their products from our state provided we expand & improve the quality checks regularly and match the sanitary and phytosanitary standards OR Codex Alimentarious Standards as per the requirements of importing countries.
Present Export Status:
- Al- Kabeer and Allana which are 100 % Export oriented Units (EOU) situated in Medak export meat & meat products to Phillippines, Malasia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Lebenon.
- Annually about 35000 MTs of buffalo meat, 3600 MT of mutton and 4500 Mts of Egg Powder are exported which amounts to Rs.4145 Crores.
- Modern Abattoir at Chengicherla in RR District handles 6000 sheep & Goats and 400 buffaloes per shift of 8 hours
In view of the above, Government of AP had a thought to establish a full-fledged Quality Assessment Laboratory at Hyderabad by providing required latest sophisticated equipment which have ability to give quick, sensitive and accurate results to meet sanitary and phyto-sanitary demands with the following mandate.
Mandate of QAL:
- To assess the microbial load in meat, milk, egg and their products
- To assess the residual toxins like Pesticides, Phytotoxins, Mycotoxins, Drugs, Hormones, Chemicals and Heavy metals in meat, milk, egg and their products
- To assess Pesticides, Phytotoxins, Mycotoxins, Drugs, Hormones, Chemicals and Heavy metal levels in fodder, feed and water which contribute for presence of residual toxins in meat, milk, egg and their products
- To build awareness among the farmers on these aspects and motivate them to rear livestock free of these deleterious items such that we get better export opportunities.
Establishment of QAL:
- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has approved the project proposal of Quality Assessment Laboratory (QAL), at Hyderabad and agreed to release the assistance to the tune of Rs.124 Lakhs for equipment.
- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has already released an amount of Rs. 97,21,600/-.
- As per APEDA MoU, the land, laboratory building, its maintenance and required technical staff only shall be borne by the A.P. Government and all the revenue from this facility shall be retained by A.P. Government.
- At present the construction of Quality Assessment Laboratory building at Hyderabad is in final stages.
- For procurement of Latest equipment at QAL Building as per the recommendations of APEDA, tenders are under process, which would be finalized shortly.
- Positioning and Installation of the equipments will be done after final completion of the building.
- The Quality Assessment Laboratory at Hyderabad would be a state wide institute and will function under the direct control of the Director of Animal Husbandry.