Farmers to export emu oil, meat soon

After signing of an MoU by a Hoshiarpur-based farmer with a South African company, on Tuesday, during a seminar on emu farming and rearing, Punjab farmers will soon be able to export emu oil and meat to South African countries.

Gunraj Singh, a former honorary wildlife warden, who has opened a emu farm and first-ever emu eggs hatchery of the state in Naroor village signed the MoU with managing director of SA Emu Oil and Processing Company, Peter Duncan. A processing plant will also soon come up at his farm. Around 150 farmers of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have already attached themselves with the farm to procure the emus.

In the seminar, farmers were informed there was a huge demand for emu meat, which can be sold for Rs 400 per kg. An adult bird usually weighs between 40 to 45 kg. Its oil and eggs are also very good for health.

Singh, known for his innovative experiments, started his Emu farm around three years back with five pairs of Emus, which he procured from Tamil Nadu. He now owns a farm with 1000 ready-to-sell emu chicks.

What is emu oil?

The emu oil is extracted from the fat in the flightless bird's body.

It is used as a traditional medicine for fever, coughs, minor pain, arthritic joints, bruises, cuts and sores in Australia

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