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International Poultry & Livestock Industry :
India ranks first in having the largest livestock population in the world. Livestock plays an important role in the national economy as well as in the socio economic development by augmenting family incomes and generating gainful employment in the rural areas, particu larly for the land less, small and marg inal farme rs and women.

With its 1.2 billion population and 8% GDP growth rate, India is rapidly emerging as one of the biggest markets in the world. Livestock sector contributes approximately 4% to GDP and 27% to agriculture GDP . Poultry and dairy sectors are the major sectors contributing to economic development.

The poultry sector has undergone a paradigm shift in structure and operation during the last two decades. It has transformed itself from a mere backyard activity into a major commercial activity with participation by big players as also successful implementation of contract poultry farming on a large scale.

India is emerging as the world's 2nd largest poultry market with an annual growth of more than 14%, producing 61 million tonnes or 3.6 percent of global egg production. The annual growth rate of egg production is 5-8%. Apart from this, India ranks 6th in broiler production (125 billion Rupees) with an annual output of 2.39 million tonnes of broiler meat, as per the estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. The total poultry industry is valued at about 350 billion rupees. The per capita consumption per year is approx 2.4 kg, which is much lower than the National Institute of Nutrition's recommendations of 1 1 kg.

In dairying, India ranks as the world's largest milk producer with an annual output of 1 16 million tones approx. With an annual growth rate of 4%, India's milk production accounts for 16% of the total global output. India has 52% of cattle population and 15% of buf falo population. It ranks third in sheep population and second in goat population in the world.

The Union Agricultu e Ministry's Department of Animal Husbandry , Dairying & Fisheries is focusing on increasing the animal population and productivity as a thrust area, offering financial assistance to the organizations.

On the other hand, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has its own programs to increase dairy processing and value added products to target export markets. This would facilitate India to achieve its potential of becoming a “Food Factory of the W orld”. Besides the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, the list of organizations playing a major role in the development of poultry and livestock industry is quite long. Prominent among them are: APEDA, National Meat & Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB), Poultry Federation of India (PFD), National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Progressive Dairy Farmers Association, National D airy Development Boa rd (NDDB), All India Poultry Breeders Association (AIPMA), India Poultry Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), Karnal Poultry Farmers Associations, Central Institute of Fisheries T echnology , Kerala Livestock Development Board, National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association (CLFMA), National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) India Poultry Journalists' Association (IPJA), Andhra Pradesh Poultry Federation (APPF) and Poultry Breeders Association (A.P .) etc

All these facts and figures vouch for India's big potential to increase consumption of meat & meat products in domestic markets and target for exports.

Despite all of these achievements, lack of advanced technology , inadequate cold storage facilities and processing equipment, particularly at the farm level, act as a major constraint in enabling this sector to take a quantum jump in production and productivity . What is needed is a strong platform for all stakeholders to share knowledge and technology .

Against this background Media T oday Group is organizing 4rd editi on of “POULTRY & LIVESTOCK EXPO 2015 ”, an International event, concurrently with the 5th edition of Dairy T ech India 2015 and 7th Edition of AgriT ech India 2015 from 21- 22-23 August 2015 at BIEC, Bengaluru, India. This would bring under one roof leading poultry and Livestock players of India, specially Poultry and Dairy equipment manufacturers, breeders, food products exporters, experts & leaders from the industry , of course, along with, farmers' delegations - in fact all stakeholders.
 
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