INFAH held its 9th AGM Virtually on 26th Sep 2020

The 9th Annual General Body meeting of INFAH was held virtually on 26th Sep 2020 .The meeting was attended by more than 100 industry colleagues representing Indian Animal Health & Nutrition Industry.

Indian Federation of Animal Health Companies (INFAH) has a clear vision towards creating trust among Veterinary Professionals, Livestock, Poultry, Companion Animal and Aqua stakeholders, enhancing animal health Industry’s value and contribution to society, by setting high standards of competitiveness, ethical business practices, innovation and leadership among its members and ensuring significant presence across the globe.

Dr. Shirish Nigam, Resident Secretary, welcomed all members and invited guests to 9th AGM organised virtually. He thanked all INFAH Members for their valuable presence during the AGM and their unstinted support to INFAH initiatives.

Mr Vijay Teng, President INFAH, took this opportunity to congratulate all the members for being a part of INFAH’s journey of the last eight years which was full of challenges and achievements. With the support of all members INFAH has been able to create new milestones that would give a new direction to its future growth.  He reflected on the learnings of the year & complimented INFAH members for the resilience in these challenging times.

INFAHs proactive initiatives led to supply chain continuity of animal healthcare products. He shared key accomplishments across various sub-committees especially Synthesis of white paper on feed supplements, Inclusion of Drugs and Biological monographs in Veterinary Volume of Indian Pharmacopeia , Therapeutics and Biologicals standardization initiatives, sharing of Best HR practices among INFAH members, continuing CSR initiatives, thrust on alternatives like Ayurveda, Internal Workshop for member companies on Imports and Exports with reference to feed supplements. Mr Teng also emphasized on the global outreach through ccollaboration with Health for Animals (HFA) on Global Benchmark Survey, INFAH outreach program with Japanese Veterinary Product Association.

Dr. Vijay Makhija, General Secretary, INFAH, emphasised that INFAH is well positioned to shape the environment in Animal Health industry in alignment with changing economic and regulatory scenario. INFAH is well prepared to contribute to the overall growth of India with theobjective of Healthy Animals, Healthier India.

He applauded the “Passion” of all managing committee and subcommittee members to take INFAH to greater heights.  INFAH has membership base of 51 now. He presented the overview of full year activities of INFAH. Some of the key highlights were:  Workshop on Feed Supplements/ Additives Framework and its Import and Export, Webinar on Evolving Landscape of Animal Nutrition in India,  Regulators-Animal Vaccine manufacturers Interactive meet held at IVRI ,  Virtual Meetings with IPC, GEAC,  participation at – VIV Leadership Forum 2019, IAAVR conference, DST-CII Tech Summit , EU-BTSF sustained  training mission feed safety regulation in India , HR Initiatives towards  working in New Normal, representations :for swift imports & exports of animal Health & nutritional products, parity in levy of  custom duties on feed additives, seeking expansion of the scope of Goods and Services Tax exemption given to animal feed to include feed, additives and supplements consumed by goats, sheep and swine.

In addition representation on garnering support for inclusion of Ayurveda in veterinary curriculum and post graduate studies, collaboration with industry associations. He expressed sincere gratitude towards the immediate, past presidents  & current President Mr. Satish Pasrija, Dr. Arun Atrey, Dr D K Dey, Mr Vijay Teng  for their exemplary leadership and periodic guidance to the Managing Committee.

During the AGM, Industry Outlook survey was presented was made by Mr. Satish Pasrija (Past President & Chairman Subcommittee on Feed Supplements). Objective of this survey was to get consolidated broad view of  “Situation” “Impact” & “Outlook” of Indian Animal Health & Nutrition Market in “Covid Situation”.

The much needed “White Paper on Feed Supplements” was released by Mr Vijay Teng, INFAH President and Mr Satish Pasrija – Chairman Sub-committee on Feed Supplement. In this paper INFAH has comprehensively covered various aspects of feed supplements and engaged all stakeholders for their inputs for the same. INFAH has carried out holistic research by bringing together all inputs required to precisely define status and prevent ambiguity at all levels. This document will be mother document for feed supplements and can form basis for bringing uniformity in understanding and implementation within industry and regulatory bodies

Dr. Jeetendra Verma, Executive Member and Dr P.G. Phalke, Treasurer conducted the 9th AGM proceedings. Members unanimously approved all the agenda points.

During the AGM panel discussion on “Current & Future Outlook of Animal Agriculture in India” was conducted. Dr. P.K. Shukla Dean Mathura Veterinary College DUVASU chaired this session & guided the discussions.

Mr R.S. Sodhi (MD, GCMF) ,Dr Arun Atrey ( Past President INFAH ) shared their views  on dairy sector , Mr Suresh Chitturi ( Chairman IEC, MD Srinivasa Farms ) & Dr DK Dey shared  their views  on poultry sector . Panelist answered the questions of the INFAH members.

Mr. Anurag Agrawal Vice President- INFAH, shared details of INFAH Award, and how INFAH has recognized the contribution of individuals towards development of AH sector over the last few years.

“INFAH Award” was presented to Dr. S.P. Arora, Dr C.S. Bedi and Dr S.R Kumthekar for their outstanding contribution to Indian Animal Health Industry. These stalwarts have immensely contributed in the area of veterinary pharmaceutical, nutritional products marketing, product development, product promotion along with consistent interaction and admirable relationships with academicians, research workers, practicing veterinarians & farmers. All the awardees thanked INFAH for the award and shared their expressions This ceremony was conducted by Dr BP Manjunath, Dr Tanweer Alam & Mr Gautam Chatterjee (INFAH MC Executive Members) 

Dr. Smita Mahajan proposed vote of thanks.  Dr Smita expressed sincere gratitude to entire managing committee for their continuous support. She thanked Guest Speakers Mr R S Sodhi, Mr Suresh Chitturi for sparing their valuable time & sharing their rich insights with INFAH members & Dr P. K. Shukla for chairing the panel discussions. She recognized the contribution of each Subcommittee member and support of Dr Phalke and Ms. Bhavana for the effective functioning INFAH. She thanked Dr. Nitin Bhatia Dr. Rajni Choudhary, studio team of INTAS for providing support in organizing the 9th AGM and for INFAH Annual Report.

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