(MENAFN) According to recent reports, the production of red meat in Iran has fallen by 24 percent in the eleventh month of the current Iranian calendar year (January 21-February 19) compared to the same period last year. The total production of red meat during this month was 38,974 tons. Beef and veal had the highest share in the country's red meat output during this period, accounting for 20,563 tons. Lamb and mutton followed with 14,986 tons, while goat meat and red meat from other livestock contributed 2,554 and 871 tons, respectively.
The decrease in red meat production has also led to a five percent drop in the amount of red meat supplied in the official slaughterhouses of the country during the same period. Iran is known to be one of the leading consumers of red meat in the West Asia region, with lamb being the most popular type. However, per capita consumption of red meat in Iran is only about a third of what is typically seen in countries like the United States and Australia, mainly due to the prohibition of pork in Islamic law.
Despite being a major consumer of red meat, Iran also imports a significant amount of this product from other countries. Brazil is one of the primary sources of red meat imports to Iran, where Iranian supervisors directly control culling methods to ensure compliance with religious regulations.
The decrease in red meat production in Iran is a cause for concern as it may lead to an increase in prices of this product, which could have an impact on the country's economy. Furthermore, it may also affect the dietary habits of Iranians who rely heavily on red meat as a source of protein. It remains to be seen whether the government will take measures to address this issue and boost red meat production in the country.
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