August 20, 2015

20/08/2015: Assocom India and UK's Milling and Grain magazine hold Global Grain Milling Conference at Hyderabad, India

A global event, the 3rd Global Milling Conference, with the theme 'Maximising Quality Production through Milling Technology' was held at the Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad with the agenda of assuring the food and feed security of nearly 9 billion people by the year 2050.

The Global conference focussed on both national and worldwide grain production trends and market dynamics; the use of grains as food, feed and fuel; logistics (storage, handling, transportation) issues; food safety and standards; and sustainability of grain 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 developments exist."

The 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 a one-billion-plus Indian population with milled products. The delegates tried to find out ways to transform India into a leading country with respect to 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 included 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 modern flour milling techniques.  A separate session was devoted to addressing the food safety and regulatory regime and the requirements of international standards so that market and quality issues could be addressed. After this, the conference concluded.

Mr GK Sood, seminar moderator and trade lead, said that Indian milling will benefit from increased awareness of modern milling practices and processes highlighted at the conference. The conference also addressed grain production and distribution, food quality and production while protecting the environment.

Grain milling industries, manufacturers of processed foods using milled grains, extrusion processors, branded players in the flour market, equipment manufacturers, food technologists, feed millers, ingredient suppliers, service providers and related others participated. Well-known speakers from India and abroad each shared their particular expertise on a host of current topics including food and nutrition security.

The event was co-hosted by Milling and Grain magazine, 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 and processing point of view. Milling and Grain and Assocom-India invited the eminent experts from India and abroad to give lectures and share their experience with the personnel of the Indian milling industries.

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