Livestock expo now in September

Gandhi (right) presenting a memento to Dr Quaza at the event in view of his retirement from government service on March 9. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/ The Star

LIVESTOCK Malaysia Expo and Forum (formerly known as Livestock Asia), which was scheduled for April 7 to 9 this year, has been postponed to September.

Informa Markets group managing director (Asean) M. Gandhi said the date was changed due to health concerns over Covid-19.

“Even though the healthsafety situation in Malaysia is under control, the decision was made after discussions with industry partners and feedback from exhibitors and key stakeholders.

“However, the venue, which is the Melaka International Trade Centre, will be retained and the exact exhibition date will be announced later, ” said Gandhi.

“If participants are not comfortable to gather in person, we can go digital through webinars, ” he added at a recent event held at Pulse Grand Hotel in Putrajaya.

The event was for discussions between Informa Markets, the organiser and livestock industry experts.

Also present at the event was Veterinary Services Department (DVS) director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam, who commended Informa Markets for making the decision to postpone Livestock Malaysia 2020 in the best interest of those involved.

Dr Quaza also shared some insights on the challenges and strategies of Malaysian livestock industry.

Informa Markets also had a farewell ceremony for Dr Quaza who is retiring on March 9.

“I will still be in the industry in a different capacity, ” said Dr Quaza, adding that he would be the organising chairman of the 21st Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) Congress in Kuching, Sarawak this year as well as serve as president of FAVA for the next two years. — By RUBY LIM

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