inform February 2010, Vol. 21 (2) 117
64th Annual Convention &
International Conference on Oils,
Fats, Fuels & Surfactants (ICOFFS)
Ashwani K. Sharma
the oil technologists’ Association of India (otAI),
Northern Zone, organized the 64th Annual Conven-
tion & International Conference on oils, Fats, Fuels
& surfactants (ICoFFs) held December 9–11 at the
Hotel Crowne Plaza, New Delhi. Nearly 500 dele-
gates attended the three-day program.
oPENING CEREMoNY AND AwARDs
Y.C. Nijhawan, chief director, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food
and Public Distribution (Government of India; GoI), opened the
meeting on the evening of December 9, in a packed Elysée Hall.
Ashwani K. Sharma, OTAI North Zone president and convener,
extended his heartiest welcome to all delegates from India and
abroad, to speakers, and to supporters of the conference. Ashok
Crowds visit exhibit booths at the 64th Annual Convention & Inter-
Mahindru, Steering Committee chairman, explained that the goal
national Conference on Oils, Fats, Fuels & Surfactants (ICOFFS),
of the conference was to keep concerned industries informed of the
held December 9–11, 2009, and organized by the Oil Technologists’
latest trends and future possibilities through the multiple lenses of
technology, the economy, regulation, the environment, and sustain- Association of India (OTAI).
ability, and ultimately to aid them in constructing well-informed
OTAI President B.R. Gaikwad offered a glimpse of the history, Kyaw Myint reviewed the oilseed farming and seed and oil process-
achievements, and visions of the globally recognized association, ing industries in Myanmar, with an eye toward the possible role of
founded in 1943 with delegates from around the world. In his foreign participation. In his presentation on “Compulsion of Raising
keynote address, AOCS President Ian Purtle drew the delegates’ Oilseed Productivity and Production to Combat Import Glut,” D.M.
attention to the potential pressures of increasing world population Hegde shared his review of the current status of agricultural prac-
on food and fuel supply. He exhorted them to remain prepared with tices, research issues, government efforts, and a potential roadmap
appropriate solutions. Prabhat Kumar, OTAI North Zone and con- toward achieving maximum self-reliance in the segment.
ference secretary, thanked all those who had provided invaluable In the second session on “Oilseed Processing,” Richard Young
support for the conference program. (Europa Crown, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom) spoke about the
As a mark of respect toward their tremendous contribution salient features of design and operation of shallow bed extraction
to industry, academia, and society at large, the honorable Chief systems for oilseed processing.
Guest Y.C. Nijhawan presented lifetime achievement awards to Rajiv Iyer (Cimbria Unigrain India, New Delhi) and Rajiv Meh-
S.C. Singhal, former president of both OTAI and the AOCS India rotra (Tank Connection, Parsons, Kansas, USA) shared their views
Section; A.K. Vasishtha, former director of HBTI (Harcourt Butler on scientific storage practices of raw materials and products in oil
Technological Institute, Kanpur, India) and president of OTAI, and seed-processing industries.
currently director-general at the Bharat Institute of Technology In his characteristically energetic presentation, Rajan Skharia
(Meerut, India); and K.S. Krishnan, emeritus chairman of Milindia