The Victam Asia is bigger than ever.”This illustrates the dynamics that the Asian region has regarding the feed industry”, according to Henk van de Bunt, General Manager at Victam International, the organiser of Victam Asia, FIAAP and Grapas.
Van de Bunt (pictured) explained that the Victam Asia has grown tremendously in the last ten years. “This year we are even 20 percent bigger than in 2012. Exhibition spaces have been sold out and we even had to say no to some exhibitors. This marks the fact that Victam Asia is the place to be for the feed industry”, Van de Bunt said.
The feed technology show Victam has been organised since 1991, later the feed ingredients show FIAAP and the rice & flour milling show Grapas have been added. “We see this year that large ingredient companies such as Biomin and DSM are present again, because the feed ingredient market in Thailand and surrounding countries is growing at a large pace”.
Van de Bunt is proud that this year new elements have been added to the show, such as the first ASEAN rice and feed symposium. “Representatives from all the major rice associations in the ASEAN region are present and will speak about the future trends in rice and feed within the ASEAN free trade zone. Adding food – rice- to our programme is a new step, but also a logical one. Many feed equipment is also used for rice and vice versa. In addition, the developments that are going on to establish free trade zones are very important for the ASEAN region. It is important to discuss the financial and economic consequences that free trade zones can have on agricultural trade and export and import possibilities”, according to Van de Bunt.
Van de Bunt also named Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia as upcoming countries regarding agriculture and feed production. “Many steps are made in developing the agriculture in this countries. This creates a better investing climate for countries such as China. And more agriculture means more feed production. I expect the same positive developments happing as we saw in Vietnam ten years ago”.