NDDB Chairman Meenesh Shah elected to the Board of International Dairy Federation

NDDB Chairman Meenesh Shah elected to the Board of International Dairy Federation

Chairman & Managing Director, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Dr Meenesh Shah, has been elected to the Board of International Dairy Federation (IDF) during the General Assembly of IDF on October 15, 2023.

Accepting the responsibility and thanking the IDF delegates for the trust bestowed on him, Dr Shah mentioned that a representative from India, contributing more than 23 per cent of the global milk production, is on the Board of IDF, which will ensure a more inclusive and better global dairying ecosystem. This will also help put forth the voice of millions of dairy farmers from the smallholder-based dairying system to the global forum and help design suitable policies, frameworks, systems and processes.

He further said that the collective journey with other countries will help bring out the best in the global dairy sector. While India continues to contribute to the growth of the global dairy sector, it will also be able to leverage the expertise of other nations towards advanced scientific measures and technologies to make Indian dairying more efficient, effective and sustainable.

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Dr Shah has been associated with International Dairy Federation for a long in different capacities and has been instrumental in sensitising the world about the unique smallholder-based Indian dairying system in different international forums. He is the Member Secretary of the Indian National Committee and also a member of the Standing Committee on Dairy Policy and Economics. He had spearheaded the successful organisation of the World’s largest Dairy Conference – IDF WDS 2022 in India in September 2022, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The International Dairy Federation is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy value chain. IDF’s network of dairy experts has provided a mechanism for the dairy sector to reach a global consensus on how to help feed the world with safe and sustainable dairy products. IDF members are National Committees, generally constituted by dairy organisations in each country and India is represented by the National Committee (INC) of the IDF.

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