World Grain - June 2018 - 88
FEATURE: ASIA'S INSATIABLE APPETITE FOR GRAIN
pricing support for India's farmers because this stimulated the level of domestic production and therefore
dictated import requirements, he said more imports of
grains would be needed in the future as demand soared
and India's rising middle class consumed more protein
via rising demand for meat.
"As we move toward 2020, India will need more imports - it's not a matter of when, it's a matter of how
much," he added.
Diaa Ghaly, managing director, food and nutrition at
Abu Dhabi's Al Dahra Holding, said the company was
set up to partner with the government to help the emirate and the Middle East improve its food security. Al
Dahra is already established in 20 countries and has
an "active foreign investments strategy" to secure food
supplies at origin. This includes investments in the
United States, Europe, Australia and Africa to secure
animal feed requirements, and rice investments in India
and Pakistan supported by a partnership arrangement
with Agility Logistics to ensure the supply chain back
He said Saudi Arabia also was looking to secure its
own food supplies for a domestic market that was a
major consumer of meat and needed to import all its
"The Middle East doesn't produce a lot of grains,
and that means imports," he said. "Countries are trying
food resources, so they diversify origins, for example,
in the U.S. and Black Sea. They are also investing in
farm produce around the world, buying land in South
America and the Black Sea so they are secure in the
long term from a food perspective."
David Ross, general manager of Alphamar Agencia
Maritima, and fellow director Arthur Neto, outlined
how Brazil was ramping up its exports of soybeans and
corn, and how investors were urgently bolstering infrastructure capacity in the country's fast-growing northern ports to meet growing demand from Asia.
"Regarding export numbers, when we look at soybeans in the last 10 years we have seen a steady growth
of more than 65%, with the majority of this growth
He noted that investments to improve capacity were
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