With the anticipated creation of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Bloc in 2015, the Victam Foundation has decided to sponsor an ASEAN Feed Summit every two years during FIAAP, VICTAM and GRAPAS Asia, the first of which will begin at the 2014 shows.
The aim of the summit, according to organisers, is to bring together an international forum of feed associations and related associations in Asia to discuss and determine future policies and objectives for the industry. It will be hosted by the Thai Feed Mill Association with the assistance and support of the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
The international Feed Industry Federation joined key Southeast Asian Feed Associations at the Victam International ASEAN Feed Summit to discuss critical feed safety, security and sustainability issues facing the region in 2015 and beyond.
This first of its kind ASEAN Feed Summit, organised by Victam International, chaired by Mr. Pornsil Patchrintanakul, President of the Thai Feed Mill Association, and moderated by Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF Executive Director, brought together senior feed regulators and industry representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mario Sergio Cutait, IFIF Chairman, welcomed “the opportunity to join this important Summit and to work towards closer collaboration in Asia.” He congratulated participants on their strong efforts to ensure safe feed & food in their countries and added “that only by working together at regional and global level with all stakeholders on the agri chain can we continue to ensure feed and food safety, while meeting the global demands for 60% more food by 2050 safely and sustainably.”
During the discussion a number of issues were identified for further potential cooperation, including capacity development for feed safety, efforts towards regulatory harmonisation, as well as the need to work with all stakeholders on agri-food chain on common challenges.