VNU joins hands with British Pig Association and Big Dutchman

ILDEXVNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, the organiser of ILDEX Exhibitions, held a knowledge-sharing forum and roadshow in Asia, under the name ‘ILDEX Forum, Philippines’ on 27 June 2019 at Century Park Hotel, Manila, Philippines

British Pig Association and BIG Dutchman, the leading companies in the livestock industry were the major speakers. Nigel Overend, council member, British Pig Association and director, Deerpark A.I. Centre., present ‘Optimum profitability in pig breeding.’ The topic ‘Encouraging pig farmers to engage in the sustainable management of waste’ is presented by Patrick Ty, managing director, Big Dutchman (Philippines).

Heiko M Stutzinger, managing director of VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, delivered the opening remarks at the beginning of the event. This is the first time that VNU has moved into Philippines and as the country’s livestock market is booming, there are lots of business potentials in the Southeast Asian region, Stutzinger added. More than 50 seats have been reserved by local companies, members of the press, associations, farm owners and also the investment units of local banks.

Stutzinger said, “There is no better time than now to come to the Philippines as we saw a record 6.2 per cent economic growth in 2018 with the agricultural sector one of the major contributing factors. The Philippine Institute for Development Studies mentions in its report that the livestock and poultry industry has been growing consistently and there is a clear indication that the Philippines government would like to reform these sectors for efficient operation in line with growing domestic demand.”

According to Ty, “The main challenges for sustainability in pig farm operations involve two important things: the first, in regard to input waste, is achieving a high level of feed conversion efficiency, and the second in regard to output waste, is managing manure disposal to meet environmental standards.”

“The five challenges of waste/manure management of pig farms are as follows: Air pollution – Hydrogen Sulfide, Ammonia, Methane and CO2; Water pollution – the discharge of manure into waterways; Soil pollution – over nitrification, costly to build water treatment facilities and costly to transport manure and digestive to crop farms. Waste Not – Want Not: Ensure a sustainable and hygienic farming system with the appropriate use of available manure treatment options. If it exists then it can be done,” Ty added.

Panadda Kongma, head of competence centre for livestock of VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd, commented, “ILDEX is a local industry developer. We provide business networks with in-depth experience and data and knowledge platforms that can leverage our global expertise. The exhibitions contribute to the local livestock industry by understanding local markets and culture.”

“ILDEX aims to highlight and communicate meaningful content that suits each country. ILDEX localises content, technology and networks with our professionals. We customise services to enable our stakeholders to achieve their desired growth. At the last edition of both shows, the average number of trade visitors was 8,910 and 200 leading companies attended.”

She added, “To be aware of the importance of sustainable management of waste in livestock production, we decided to make this issue a new theme at ILDEX Indonesia 2019 under the name ‘waste management’ There is an urgent need, therefore, for locally-owned and community-driven solutions such as accessible and cost-effective infrastructure for waste management.”

Kongma continued, “Today we also announce the important news about the new collaboration between VIV and VICTAM which are the international trade show organisers behind VIV and VICTAM are combining their events planned for Bangkok, Thailand, in the early part of 2020.”

“This new partnership unites arrangements relating to the Animal Feed and Grain Industries Show VICTAM Asia in March 2020 and the VIV Health & Nutrition Asia Trade Fair and Forum originally planned to take place in Bangkok in January 2020. Both events will now be co-located at Bangkok’s BITEC exhibition grounds on 24-26 March 2020 as VICTAM Asia and Animal Health & Nutrition, by VICTAM and VIV.”

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