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Education to improve India’s feed sector

Published on 4 June, 2008, Last updated at 05:37 GMT
India is among the countries having highest livestock and poultry population in the world. The industry is keen on improving productivity in order to increase yields and profitability.

Realizing the importance on need for animal feed topics and knowledge a short course on Feed Technology is being organized by Assocom India Pvt Ltd in association with ASA-International Marketing and Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University from June 23-27.

The five-day long feed manufacturing course is comprehensive and will cover sections on ingredients, feed formulation, feed manufacturing, process controls and the feeding of animal feeds. Some problem solving exercises, videos and panel discussions will also be included to facilitate interaction and better understanding.

Lectures are given by faculty of Kansas State University (KSU), Department of Grain Science, resource persons from American Soybean Association-International Marketing and representatives for the feed industry and academic institutions.

Huge internal market
The livestock industry in India is the second largest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), after agriculture, and accounts for 9% of the total.

Consumption of animal products will substantially increases in coming days and this is driven by lifestyle changes and a growing economy.

Milk consumption will increase from 240 to 450 g per person per day; per capita eggs from 40 to 100 per year; and per capita broiler meat from 1,000 to 2,000 g per year.

In view of the expected rise in per capita consumption of chicken meat, eggs and milk, livestock production has to grow in large strides to meet demand.

Feed industry to improve
For this, feed is obviously the major component involved in terms of technology and cost. The feed industry thus plays a major role in providing the balanced feed for increasing the animal productivity.

The Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association (CLFMA) from the feed sector have a total installed capacity of over 10 million metric tonnes per year and produce about 4 million tonnes of animal feed per year.

The total estimated requirement of balanced feed in the country is around 60 million tonnes.

Layer feed chances
While the broiler feed segment is at technological threshold and requires creative solutions to improve further, there is relatively greater scope for feed improvements in the layer segment.

As for livestock, animals are fed with a small quantum of concentrates and feeding of productive animals, though relatively better, they still have to be fed with balanced nutritious diets to harness full potential.

Shrimp feed, like the broilers is on a better scale of development while the fish feed market holds good scope for use of formulated feeds.

Therefore the Indian Feed Industry is all set to grow in order to catch up with growing demands of livestock production and combat rising prices of raw material.


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