Sector recognition at an international level
By Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain, August 2018
This past month or so has been busy with international events for millers.
Close to home we had the UK"s annual Cereals Event attracting UK flour millers, while in Utrecht, The Netherlands, the VNU hosted VIV Europe 2018 for the intensive livestock sectors and further afield our team attended the 13th IndoLivestock 2018 in Jakarta, a poultry, dairy and aquaculture show that is dominated by the feed sector.
Last month's issue we reported, on that must-attend event for flour millers - IPACK-IMA in Milan, Italy.
Events like these are valuable in bringing together equipment manufacturers, ingredient and additive suppliers and service providers within the feed and food milling sectors.
This is where relationships are formed and consolidated, and where senior people from companies can meet with their existing customers from over a wide area and spend a little time together. Deals of significance are done.
Magazines on the other hand assist in laying the ground-work for these engagements and encourage our industry to come together for everyone"s benefit.
That"s why Milling and Grain attends and reports on so many events around the world and throughout each year, and especially those with regional and international reach.
What we sometimes find when attending these events is the lack of acknowledgement by governments as to the important role our industry sectors play in providing a nation"s food supply.
However, that was not the case in Jakarta last month!
On the last day of the show the four halls of the city"s Convention Centre were cleared soon after opening time to allow a "security sweep". And just after midday President Joko Widodo "Jokowi" of Indonesia entered the foyer to a rapturous welcome from IndoLivestock. Not only was this immediately the highlight for visitors and those who were in attendance on the last afternoon of the show, but reflected the importance feed milling in particular and livestock production is to this government.
Not only did he attend, but he stayed for 90 minutes visiting stands and talking to various local and international companies exhibiting feed and livestock production equipment.
It is clear that this President - and this country - understands the important role feed manufacturing plays in the lives of its citizens - and its direct impact on the food supplies to the peoples in a country that has one of the world"s fastest growing populations.
In fact, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and accounts for 3.5 percent of the world"s total. Indonesia is growing at just under 1.5 percent per year and reached a massive 267 million people this year; it has added 60 million people since the turn of the century.
This is good reason for President Joko Widodo "Jokowi" to encourage and support the feed and animal production sectors. He recognises the value of the feed industry in particular and the contribution international companies are making to the successful increase in feed milling capacity and production.
In the past 20 years the country has increased its feed production five-fold from approximately five million tonnes in 1998 to 19.6 million tonnes this year.
It is important that we connect with country leaders – and not just the usual suspects - when holding exhibitions and conferences. We need to get our messages across in a clear and meaningful way. We need to change the way governments view our industries and the vital role we are playing in gearing up to providing the safe and affordable foodstuffs for an ever- increasing world population.
Our congratulations go to President Joko Widodo "Jokowi" for showing the way to other world leaders in recognising the importance of our sectors by visiting and engaging with feed and livestock producers!
A welcome return to our pages
It"s a great pleasure to welcome back for a limited time our columnist Christophe Pelletier.
For those of you who do not know, Christophe has been a long- term contributor to MAG - on a monthly basis - for some years bringing us insights into the need for change and how to handle challenges facing the food industry.
However, this time he"s asking our industry readers to be more responsive and reactive to his thoughts and proposals. We would welcome your comments; which we would consider publishing. In fact, one of our staff"s daughter has used Christophe"s observations in several of her school projects stating "he"s the best columnist" she has read! Great praise indeed.
So, put pen to paper or tap the keys and let me know what you think.