The ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat (NRCM), Hyderabad has recently designed and fabricated an innovative Portable Meat Production and Retailing Facility (P-MART) for the hygienic meat production from the small ruminants.
The P-MART’s operation has been validated and also a patent application has been filed. The developed technology has been transferred to entrepreneurs for up-scaling so as to make the facility available to stakeholders.
It consists of Lairage, Slaughtering, Cutting & Packaging, and Retailing Units. The four Separable Wheeled Units make it unique to move independently. The Units are equipped with pest killers, wall-mounted fans, exhaust fans, and water storage facility to ensure hygienic production and for operators’ comfort. The electrical stunning, refrigeration, bone cutting and mincing facilities have also been provided.
It can be operated either on the ground or on a vehicle. The food grade stainless steel (SS 304) was used for fabricating the facility. To meet the production requirements, the innovative aerobic green waste composting mechanisms and anaerobic biogas plants were also standardised.
The P-MART is a user-friendly, low-cost, portable, mobile, environment-friendly and animal welfare compliant facility for hygienic meat production from sheep and goats. The technology has been commercialised. Having the potential to revolutionize the small-scale meat production scenarios in the country, the technology can also be promoted in resource-poor countries.