The 65th general assembly of the European Compound Feed Manufacturer’s Federation (FEFAC), held June 3 via videoconference, elected Asbjørn Borsting as its new president for the next term (2020-23).
Borsting, a graduate of the University of Copenhagen with a degree in agricultural economics, was chief executive officer of The Agricultural Council & DLG. He is now director of DAKOFO, the Danish Grain and Feed Association and Variety Denmark. He is also chairman of the Danish Bio-Economy Panel.
“I look forward to representing the interests of European Compound Feed and Premix Manufacturers in these challenging times, when the European and global economy are trying to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” Borsting said. “I am proud of the resilience shown by our members and value chain partners in providing safe, sustainable and affordable feed to farmers and foodstuffs of animal origin to our consumers.”
He said FEFAC welcomes the EU Commission efforts to draw the right lessons of the COVID-19 crisis to safeguard food security by defending the Single Market and the CAP as key delivery mechanisms for sustainable food systems, enabling feed manufacturer’s to produce “more with less,” while staying competitive on EU and global markets.
“I look forward to the launch of the FEFAC Feed Sustainability Charter 2030 at the occasion of our FEFAC Congress Sept. 24-25 in Antwerp, co-hosted by our Belgian members,” he said. “Our Charter will contain concrete actions to promote animal nutrition solutions, increasing nutrient efficiency, reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions linked to feed production (through use of PEFCR Feed Category Rules & GFLI Database) and help reducing the need for antibiotics at farm level. We will also promote responsible and deforestation-free soy sourcing and new technologies to increase EU production of vegetable proteins.”
FEFAC said all of its members are willing to play their part in meeting societal and market expectations, knowing that feeding food-producing animals is an integral part of sustainable food systems and the circular economy due to the valorization of pastureland and large amounts of human-inedible co-products of agricultural and food production systems.
The 65th General Assembly also elected a new FEFAC board.