August 29, 2008



Marking India's giant leap on global livestock trade


The opening ceremonies of ILDEX (International Livestock and Dairy Expo) India 2008 held on August 22-24 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi was more than showcasing the country's most celebrated livestock and dairy show, it also paved way for the Indian government's grand plan to spend more than US$114 million on modernising abattoirs in its 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12), signalling India's leapfrogging livestock market.


Food Processing Industries Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said the funds would be utilised through the public-private partnership (PPP) route to upgrade infrastructure at the existing abattoirs.


"The government gave Rs37.7 million as assistance to 17 seafood processing units for their modernisation in 2007-08," Sahai announced during the inauguration of the three-day event.


According Dr. Pradeep Kumar, secretary of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries, India has a long coastline of 8,129 kilometres, 2 million square kilometres of exclusive economic zone and 1.2 million hectares of brackishwater bodies, indicating the country's vast potential for development and fisheries.


The announcement was one of special highlights of the show which were participated by over 100 exhibitors from India and more than 70 from Thailand, China, Britain, France, US, Australia, Germany, Holland, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines and several other countries.


Considered the hub of India's animal production, the show displayed the best of the livestock and dairy technologies in a covering net floor space of 3,000 square kilometres, graced by around 15,000 foreign and local visitors.  ILDEX India has also provided the opportunity to industry representatives, ranging from poultry, dairy, cattle and fisheries to present their concerns to the government. The show likewise has become the avenue for networking, technology transfer, numerous business deals and even forged friendships among the industry.


Seminars and conferences were centred on feed technology for commercial dairy, biotechnology for the improvement and productivity of dairy animals, nutrition strategies to improve poultry health, optimizing egg production, food and feed safety, moisture management, fish production, fisheries trade, improving feed health, alternatives to AGPs and recent developments in processing livestock production. Corporations such as IDT, Sarabhai Zydus and Cargill have taken the opportunity to launch their new line of products.


Other activities such as Students Program, Industry Placements, Corporate Presentations, Scientific Poster Session, International Meet and Match Club, Cultural Evening TARANG and Interactive Dinner Meets were also added to spice up the show.


ILDEX India is a joint programme of Thailand's NCC Exhibition Organizer and India publishing firm Pixie Consulting Solutions Limited.
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