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  • By Lynda Kiernan-Stone, Global AgInvesting Media

India’s Feed Industry to Double in Size in Five Years

Over the next five years, India’s animal feed industry is forecast to double in size from a value of $15 billion to $30 billion, driven by expansion in the poultry, cattle, and fish feed sectors, as the industry keeps pace with the rising demand for protein, according to a report from Indian Yes Bank.

As populations grow and incomes rise in developing and emerging economies, more people will be eating meat, chicken, fish, and processed dairy products, which in turn will require more animal feed. Today, Indian cattle accounts for 7.5 million tons of feed per year, fish account for 1 million tons, and poultry account for 13 million tons. Industry estimates suggest that the increased demand for protein will drive up India’s compound feed consumption volume from the current 22 million tons to 28 million tons by 2017/18.

India’s animal feed industry is growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8%, and as this growth draws attention from multinational companies, the industry will need to be mindful of quality issues in order to leverage this growth to its advantage.

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