Press release: WORLD FOOD DAY

Removing value chain inefficiencies will propel growth of India's animal protein sector On the occasion of World Food Day, CLFMA of India calls for a renewed focus on enhancing agricultural productivity and reinforces its commitment towards safe and sustainable milk and meat production. World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October. Commenting on the occasion, B Soundararajan, Chairman, CLFMA of India, the apex representative entity for India's animal protein sector, commented that World Food Day is a strong reminder that all inefficiencies and roadblocks in the food value chain that stand between the poor, hungry and malnourished population and its due share of safe and nutritious food are to be removed with a great sense of urgency. World Food Day is also an opportunity to look at the AAA's (Availability, Accessibility and Affordability) of food particularly, for the underprivileged and vulnerable sections of the society who suffer from various forms of malnutrition. He is optimistic that the animal protein sector in India has been growing at over 8 percent per annum since last few years and will continue to contribute significantly to strengthen the country's food and nutritional security. In fast growing developing economies like India, demand for protein is increasing and consumers' preference and food consumption patterns are evolving. Consumption of processed foods including dairy products and meat is bound to go up significantly as currently, only about 3 to 5 percent of the chicken meat consumed in India is processed. India's dynamic meat sector is up for the challenge being one of the highly efficient producers of meat, milk and eggs in the world. Sharing his concern on negative publicity on the meat sector, Soundararajan insisted that ground realities in developing countries differ completely from that of the matured economies. He further mentioned that apart from producing food, the livestock sector contributes significantly to rural India's employment, prosperity and agricultural GDP, he added. CLFMA of India, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year, already has more than 230 members and represents the country's feed and livestock sectors in various national and international forums including IFIF (International Feed Industry Federation). The association commends the various initiatives of the Government aimed at boosting the livestock sector's growth and is proactively working with departments including Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), and also Agriculture, Finance and Trade ministries, on key policy areas.