Hyderabad, 20th August 2015: A Global event, “Maximizing Quality Production through Milling Technology” was held in Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad with the agenda of satisfying the food and feed security of nearly 9 billion people by the year 2050. The Global conference focussed on global and Indian grain production trends and market dynamics; use of grains as food, feed and fuel; logistics (storage, handling, transportation) issue of the grains business; food safety and standards; sustainability of grains production and food security .
Raj Kapoor, MD, Assocom said" India is one of the world’s largest producers of grains including rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses. Driven by rising purchasing power and population pressure, demand for grains is expanding. However, land constraints, water shortage and global warming are emerging as challenges for the grains sector. Milling technology is evolving constantly and opportunities to employ the latest exist.
Keynote lecture was given by Mr. DVR Rajiv Mohan Vice President ‐ Agri Businesses, ITC Ltd. , who addressed the trends of the flour milling industry, development of feed milling, inventions of production processes for quality production of milled products for India and a critical review of all milling policies. The conference highlighted the challenge of feeding one-billion-plus Indian population with milled products. The delegates tried to find out the ways to transform India into a leading country with respect to the total milled grains in the decades ahead with the help of technological advancement. A special session was devoted to the challenge of ‘Feeding 9 Billion by 2050’ and will include the global outlook and various challenges associated with feeding the masses and securing nutritional security.
The conference also addressed the issues of procurement and storage, the quality and sustainability of upgrading mills and the Modern Flour Milling techniques. The separate session was devoted to addressing the Food Safety and Regulatory Regime, the requirement of International standards so that the market and quality issues can be taken care of. After this, the conference will conclude.
Mr. G.K. Sood, Seminar Moderator, Trade Lead, said that Indian milling will benefit from the knowledge of technical knowhow of the modern milling practices and processes which were highlighted at the conference. The conference also addressed Grain Production & Distribution, Food Quality and Production while protecting the environment.
Grain milling industries, manufacturers of processed foods using milled grains, extrusion processors, branded players in flour market, equipment manufacturers, food technologists, feed millers, ingredient suppliers, service providers and related others have participated. Renowned speakers from India and abroad shared their domain expertise on a host of current topics including food and nutrition security.
The event was co-hosted by GFMT, UK and Assocom India. The primary objective of the conference was to review the Indian milling industry - flour, rice, feed and grains - from a milling processing point-of-view. GFMT and Assocom-India invited the eminent experts from India and abroad to give lecture and share their experience of the personnel of Indian milling industries.