Livestock Asia returns for ninth edition

(From left) UBM Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee, Dr Quaza and Gandhi browsing through the Livestock Asia 2018 Buyers’ Guide.

LIVESTOCK Asia returns for its ninth edition to showcase the industry’s latest innovations in products, services and technology.

Running from April 19 to 21, Asia’s leading international feed, livestock and meat industry show will be held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Happening alongside it are the co-located Asian international meat processing and packaging industry event, Asia Meatec 2018 and the inaugural Asian international aquaculture and fisheries industry event, Aquaculture Asia 2018. These will focus on meat and aquaculture industries from production, processing and packaging.

UBM Asia group managing director (Asean business) and vice-president M. Gandhi said Livestock Asia had established itself as a landmark meeting place for stakeholders and players in the feed, livestock, aquaculture and meat industry, not just in Malaysia but throughout Asia and beyond.

“According to a recent report by Orissa International, Asia will be the driver of increasing global poultry consumption in the future. Poultry consumption around the world is predicted to grow by 27% to 28 million tonnes by 2023, with 40% of that growth in Asia.

“In 2017, Asia-Pacific was the world’s largest feed market, producing 381.1 million tonnes or almost 36% of global feed production, and an impressive 70% of global aqua feed production, based on Alltech’s 2018 Global Feed Survey.

“In the Asean region, fish production will likely reach nearly a quarter share of global fish output in 2030 and then sustain this share until 2050, while aquaculture is expected to supply more than half of the fish consumed in the coming decade, as predicted by the 2017 WorldFish report.

“The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing market until 2020 for processing equipment as demand for animal protein, especially as convenience food, continues to rise, and companies look to establish larger manufacturing sites in the region,” he added.

Gandhi emphasised that the combination of events could cover the entire meat and aquaculture value chain from farm to fork.

The three-day trade show will feature 212 leading local, regional and global manufacturers and distributors from 23 countries including Malaysia, China, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan and Britain.

Targeting RM160mil in transaction value, the highly anticipated event is expected to attract more than 11,000 local, regional and international trade visitors and delegates, representing the entire value chain, including integrators, veterinarians, livestock and aquaculture farmers, feed millers, wholesalers, retailers, food processors, importers and distributors.

Hosted by Veterinary Services Department (DVS) and the Livestock Asia organising committee, the coveted ninth Malaysian Livestock Industry Awards will be recognising companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions and achieved innovations which helped the livestock industry and its products make advancements during the trade show’s opening ceremony.

There will be a series of conference and seminars to discuss the latest innovations, trends and issues such as the International Poultry Forum, Livestock Asia and Aquaculture Asia technical seminars, and the third World Poultry Science Association-World Veterinary Poultry Association Scientific Conference.

This year’s new addition of an online Business Matching Programme will help delegates arrange on-site meetings with exhibitors and visitors before the show.

DVS director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam said it was encouraging to see such a strong international exhibitor presence again, as it confirmed the robust growth and progress of the Asian livestock, aquaculture and allied industries.

“This will provide visitors with a strong international perspective on emerging trends and provide the latest solutions for business challenges,” Dr Quaza added.

Visiting Livestock Asia 2018 will be made much easier with bus transport being provided to livestock and aquaculture farmers from various states to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, thanks to the Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.

With a minimum of eight people, those interested in the special transport service can call their state DVS or call the UBM Malaysia Team.

Livestock Asia 2018 is an ongoing collaboration between UBM Malaysia, DVS and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.

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