Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda on Wednesday said the government will not allow beef import to save local farmers and beef industry. He also said the government will take necessary steps to restrict the beef import at any cost. “I discussed the matter with the Commerce Minister and he has also opined not to import beef,” the Minister said while briefing a press conference at the secretariat. Narayon Chandra informed the journalists that the country’s annual beef demand is nearly 79 lakh tonnes and the beef production has already reached to 71 lakh tonnes. “The local farmers will severely suffer and the beef industry will collapse if the beef is imported from abroad,” he said. “So, we are firmly against the import of foreign beef”, he continued.