Dear CLFMA members,
We had an eventful month with lots of action and events with our industry stakeholders. Let me briefly take you through the highlights of CLFMA’s activities and also what is in store for the next few months.
Mr. B. Soundararajan
(Chairman, CLFMA)

Secretary (ADF) – Shri. Tarun Sridhar, IAS

Shri. Tarun Sridhar, IAS, has recently assumed the position of Secretary (ADF). A 1984 batch officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre, Mr. Sridhar is taking over the position at the helm of affairs at a time the Indian livestock industry is marching through dynamic transformation. We congratulate Mr. Sridhar on his appointment and will continue to work with the Department closely on various issues for the overall benefit of the industry.
Policy Updates / Representations submitted by CLFMA
Model Contract Farming Act – Draft regulation Sudden spurt in Soymeal prices
We have submitted our detailed representations to the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) wherein we specifically asked for review of several clauses including the treatment of both the parties when it comes to enforcement of contractual terms; timeliness in addressing the disputes; and the need to review the levy amount etc. We will be following up with the Government and will keep you updated about any further developments in due course. Due to the sudden spurt in the prices of soymeal, the livestock sector suffered a shock and we quickly swung into action and brought it to the notice of the Government. We are closely working with the authorities to support the industry through various measures in the short term (e.g. stock limits, imports) as well as long term perspective (e.g. GST exemption) to make essential raw materials like soymeal affordable. Further, we are coordinating with different ministries for approving DDGS imports into India as it can help augment our competitiveness in the global market.
Union Budget 2018 – 19
I am pleased to mention that the Government of India considered our requests that we presented prior to the Union Budget. We are grateful to the Minister of Finance for considering our suggestion on improving infrastructure and announcing two schemes viz., Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) and fisheries and aquaculture infrastructure development Fund (FAIDF) with the total corpus of Rs. 10000 crores. We also presented our views on Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme and also how private investment can be enhanced through various means including allowing higher depreciation for the expenditure made on facilities such as cold storage, machinery, etc. similar to the concessions given for the renewable energy sectors.
Stakeholder Engagement

CLFMA conducted a Career Orientation Program at NDRI (National Dairy Research Institute), Karnal for the budding professionals, as a part of our futuristic and forward-looking initiatives to sensitise the students about the ocean of opportunities in the animal protein sector in the country.

The program was so lively and interactive and was well attended by over 60 students coming from different specializations including nutrition, agronomy etc. We are planning to do more such programs at several reputed institutes and universities across India in the next few months.

I3 (Industry- Institute Interaction) - With Veterinary Universities

National Conference on Doubling Farmers’ Incomes by 2022

CLFMA was pleased to get invited to the prestigious and most timely conference held at Delhi on 19 – 20 February 2018. As part of the group focusing on Livestock sector, we have contributed significantly to the discussions on enhancing the profits and incomes of the farmers which were presented to the Prime Minister.

In his address, the PM yet again remarked that livestock sector comprising of dairy, poultry and aquaculture subsectors, play a vital role in ensuring prosperity of rural India and that the sector will continue to receive special attention.

Events Update

FeedTech Expo 2018

CLFMA participated in the FeedTech Expo 2018 at Pune held on 8 – 10 February 2018.
We also had detailed discussions with Shri. Mahadev Jhankar, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development, Govt of Maharashtra, who presided over the function about various issues and initiatives that can be boosters for the livestock sector.
Forthcoming events organized by CLFMA
Dairy Poultry
Future of Dairy Business in India – Dairy 2025 – Ludhiana, Punjab – 8 March 2018 Technical Seminars – Managing Summer Stress
  • 17 March 2018 – Chandigarh
  • 18 March 2018 – Coimbatore
Those who wish to sponsor and/or participate in the above events, may contact CLFMA office for more information.
Publications update
CLFMA’s latest industry survey report which contains detailed sector-wise data and analysis of the current and future trends is on sale. It is a useful guide to learn about the trends in animal population, feed production and also animal nutrition products.

It is available for non-members at a cost of Rs. 3000 and I encourage everyone to spread the message about the report and also share your thoughts and feedback on the report as well as other publications from CLFMA.

Once again, it is my pleasure to share that we are striving to improve our efficiency through several initiatives both internally and externally and I would solicit your contribution in the form of constructive feedback and sharing of ideas.

Together let us take India’s livestock sector to newer heights.
With warm regards,
B. Soundararajan
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