Poultry Federation of India successfully concluded its Annual General Body Meeting & Symposium

Poultry Federation of India conducted its Annual General Body Meeting & Symposium on 22nd August 2018 at Hotel Conrad, Pune.  This event was attended by more than 400 participants. Mr. Ramesh Chander Khatri, President PFI welcomes all the members. PFI in recent years has conducted AGMs outside the HQ (Gurgaon). Earlier the venue was Hyderabad & this year it is in Pune. This reflects the PAN India presence of PFI.  He shared that we are committed towards fulfilling the Government of India vision of doubling farmers income by 2022, in order to achieve this, we need support from policy-makers. Time &again the issues of size of cages (for housing of birds) is surfaced. Poultry Farmers provide best infrastructure to birds & ensuretheir optimum health & wellbeing.  Mr. Ranpal Dhanda General Secretary presented the full year report of activities highlighting the participation of PFI at the Research Council of MAFSU, meeting with delegation from International Trade Council, US Egg & Chicken Council, Protein for All Seminars, World Egg Day activities,representation to government on various important matters. Mr. Ricky Thaper, Treasurer presented the balance sheet, which was approved by the house.

Mr. Harpal Dhanda presented an exciting presentation on the topic experience tale of environmentally controlled sheds. The attendees greatly appreciated this talkas it provide practical insights on performance of birds in EC sheds.

Chief Guest Dr. Ashish Paturkar, Honorable Vice Chancellor, MAFSU assured for the full support to Poultry Farming community. He emphasized on good documentation practices, maintenance of records at poultry farms, Good Biosecurity measures, safe egg & broiler production.

Guest of HonorProfessor Dr. P. K. Shukla, Dean,Post Graduate Studies,Mathura Veterinary College (DUVASU) applauded the efforts of PFI for contributing towards awareness of poultry protein andtimely communicating the issues of Poultry farmers with the policy makers. He encouraged the PFI to keep continuous dialogue with policy makers.

Mr.Vasanth Kumar, President, Maharashtra Poultry Welfare Association welcomed PFI members at Pune and called for a close collaboration between national associations & state associations.

Professor Ajit Ranade (Associate Dean, Shirwal Veterinary College), Mr. Harish Garware (IPEMA), Mr. Milind Limaye (Knowledge Day Committee Chairman), Mr. O.P. Singh (HuvePharma), Mr. Deepak Khosla (Ventri Biologicals), Dr. D. K. Dey and Dr. P.G. Phalke (INFAH),Mr. Raghavan Sampatkumar (CLFMA), Mr. Vijay Sardana (Advisor, PFI) shared their views. Vote of thanks was given by Mr. Neeraj Shrivastava(Executive Member, PFI). The proceedings of the Inaugural ceremony were conducted by Dr. Sujit Kulkarni (Executive Member, PFI).

National Symposium was chaired by Dr. Vijay Makhija (Vice President, West Zone, PFI). The topics of symposium were selected keeping in mind the key challenges & priorities of Poultry Sector in India. The symposium provided opportunity to participants for exchanging ideas, thoughts through Q&A session.

Dr. Anand Khandwekar, (Biotechnologist) presented on the topic of ‘NSP Analysis of Raw materials of Indian Subcontinent & Gut Health.’The diversity of Indian feed raw materials provide opportunities for poultry farmers to consider alternate raw materials & to optimize feed cost.

Mr. Ashish, Assistant Vice President of ICRA Limited, presented on the topic ‘Outlook for Indian Poultry Sector.’ Indian Poultry Industry is projected to growth at CAGR (period 2017-2022) of 10-12 % driven by increased in per capita consumption & growth is processed chicken.

Dr. Ajay Deshpande, (Director, Sidhivinayak Breeding Farm) presented on the topic of ‘Impact of Housing System on Broiler Breeders.’  He shared his experiences of working with cage system of housing and emphasized on the benefits of Productivity, Profitability, Health of the birds.  Reduction in incidence of Zoonotic disease, improved animal welfare and Human welfare, reduction in antibiotic usage and Environmental pollution.

Dr. M.R. Reddy, Principal Scientist, Avian Diseases Section, Division of Pathology ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly presented on the topic of Antimicrobial Resistance and Poultry Myths vs Reality.  He suggested the poultry farmer community to consider the aspects of Health plan with the attending veterinarian, using antimicrobial agents only on prescription of Veterinarian, complying with the recommended withdrawal periods, maintaining all the laboratory test records,keeping adequate records of all medicines used &informing the veterinarian of recurrent disease problems.

Mr. Pradeep Lokhande, Founder of www.ruralrelations.com gave an enlightening  talk on ‘Rural India – Insights & Trends.’ He emphasized on importance of education to the rural masses with a well-planned communication strategy, this will enable the emergence of consumerism and creation of new market in rural India. Poultry products such asbroiler chicken and eggs can address the challenges of malnutrition, among rural masses. Poultry community should reach out to rural masses through continuous educative programs leveraging novel channels.

The presentations of all the speakers were very well appreciated by participants. The speakers were felicitated with mementoes by PFI Executive Committee members.

Panel discussion and an open forum was chaired by Dr. Dinesh Bhosale.  Shri Ramesh Chander Khatri, Dr. P. K. Shukla, Mr. Deepak Khosla, Mr. Milind Limaye, Mr. Vijay Sardana, Mr. Harish Garware, Mr. Vasanth Kumar and Dr. Vijay Makhijawere the panelists. This session witnessed lot of interactions wherein delegates queries were addressed.

This event was successfully organized with the generous support of sponsoring companies. The Sponsors, Press PFI, Local team and other associations were appreciated and honored by presenting mementoes through the Guest of Honor Sub Divisional Commissioner, Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar (IAS).

The PFI AGM & Symposium was successfully organized by collaborative efforts of PFI Members who worked day and night to make the event a grand success!!