Monthly round-up – July/August 2019
Dear CLFMA members and industry colleagues,
CLFMA had a great successful 61st National Symposium in the month of August, 2019 in New Delhi, which enriched our visibility & recognition among the wider Industry Stakeholders and for the first time Government of India and Industry Stakeholders interacted with each other for deliberating livestock sector related issues.

Let me highlight a few important aspects from the past two months:

Government Representations / Interactions:

CLFMA approached Shri Suresh Prabhu, The Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry on 6th Feb 2019, for exemption of Fish Meal from levy of GST, the same was directed to Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Government of India and again CLFMA wrote a letter to Shri. Anural Singh Thakur on 11th July, 2019 & requested to exempt Fish Meal from levy of GST and support the Fishery Sector. The same has been accepted by Government of India.

CLFMA Events Update:

CLFMA 61st National Symposium 2019:

CLFMA conducted its annual flagship event, 61st National Symposium in a grand manner on 22nd - 23rd August, 2019 at Hotel Le Meridien, Windsor Place Janpath, New Delhi. The event was focused on the Theme “Indian Livestock Farming: Prospects & Role of Government Policies” that will foster sustainable growth for Indian Livestock Sector.

Doubling farmers income is achievable by focusing more on Livestock Farming, as this is not much affected by the vagaries of Monsoon, has better price stability as compared to food grains, it is not seasonal and can be carried out throughout the year and is a stable source of income and employment. Hence CLFMA thought it prudent to choose government policies as the theme of the Symposium.

The Symposium started with a Special Session in the morning on Aug 22, 2019 for welcoming Shri. Giriraj Singh, Hon'ble Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India. The Honourable Minister launched the book “Nutritional Guidelines for Animal Feeds By CLFMA”. This is a pioneering effort made by CLFMA to keep the farmers, feed manufacturers and Industry abreast with latest nutrient requirements of various types of species used in animal agriculture.

Shri. Pawan Agarwal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Government of India, presented the keynote address and Shri. Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India gave the Thematic Address.

Around 400 plus representatives from Poultry, Dairy and Aqua Sectors from all parts of India and overseas attended the flagship event of CLFMA to discuss key trends and problems faced by the livestock industry.

The Symposium was attended by renowned Industry and Government Panellists viz. Mr. Balram Singh Yadav, MD of Godrej Agrovet Ltd, was the Moderator. Shri.Tarun Shridhar, IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (AH&D), Shri. Sagar Mehra, Joint Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries & Panellist from the Industry side were, Mr. Daljit Singh, Chairman, Progressive Dairy Farmer’s Association (PDFA), represented the Dairy Industry, Mr. Ravi Kumar Yelanki, Managing Director, Vaishaki Bio Resources & Vaishaki Bio Marine, represented the Fishery Industry & Mr. B. Soundararajan, Managing Director of Suguna Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and immediate past chairman of CLFMA, represented the Poultry Industry.

In the 1st Session, the problems faced by the Fisheries, Dairy and Poultry Industry, existing Government Schemes were discussed in detail and recommendations were drawn.

During the Second Session “Value Addition with Special Focus on Processing” was discussed in detail. The Session Moderator was Mr. Narayanan, Advisor – Food and Beverage. The 2nd Session’s Panellist from the Government of India were Shri. J. P. Meena, IAS(Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Dr. Amit Sharma, Director, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Shri. Tarun Bajaj, General Manager at Ministry of Commerce (APEDA)& from the Industry side Mr. Vishwas Chitale, Executive Director, Chitale Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd. represented Dairy Industry, Mr. Ravi Kumar Yelanki, Managing Director, Vaishaki Bio Resources & Vaishaki Bio Marine represented Fishery Industry &Mr. Prashant Vatkar, CEO of Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd. represented Poultry Industry.

The Second Session deliberated the importance of Food processing in doubling farmers income, addressing the traceability issues, reduction of food wastage and Food safety Issues, promotion of Export Markets etc. were discussed in detail.

The Third Session Moderator was Mr. Bharat Tandon, Past Chairman of CLFMA & Managing Director of Healthline Pvt. Ltd. (Sericare Divison). From the Government of India the Panellists were Shri. Dr. O.P. Chaudhary, Joint Secretary (NLM), Dept. of National Livestock Mission, Ministry of Fisheries, AH&D, Shri. G. N. Singh, Joint Secretary – Trade, Department of Fishery, AH&D & Shri. Keshav Chandra, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and from CLFMA Team Mr. S.V. Bhave, Chairman, Mr. Divya Kumar Gulati, Secretary, Mr. Naveen Pasuparthy, Treasurer and Mr.Suresh Deora, President- West Zone.

The Third Session was on Livestock Industry Interaction with Government of India. In this session, the Industry Pain Points were discussed with the Government.

Valedictory Session was proposed by Shri.Tarun Shridhar, IAS(Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (AH & D), Ministry of Fisheries, AH&D.

In short, CLFMA Symposium was being organized to build partnership with the government to take forward the agenda of doubling farmers' income through livestock farming.The symposium shed the light on the available government schemes related to our sector, importance of food processing in doubling farmers income and the overall industry pain points.

CLFMA has come up with a report consisting of the details of deliberations and outcomes of the symposium, which will be circulated soon to the ministries and members.

Media Coverage

We also garnered extensive media coverage in both business and popular media besides online social media platforms for our symposium 2019.

Poultry India 2019

This year also CLFMA is participating in Poultry India 2019. I welcome everyone to visit our booth to learn more about CLFMA’s activities and impact.

Also, I would like to solicit your valuable inputs and suggestions to improve further and achieve the newer heights.

With warm regards,
S V Bhave
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