The fifth edition ‘The Pulses Conclave’, a biennial global pulses conference will be held from Feb. 12th to 14th, 2020 at Amby Valley City in Lonavala, Maharashtra, announced India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA).
IPGA is expecting near about 1500 trade stakeholders from across the country and primary pulses export nations like the USA, Australia, Canada, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, to name a few, to participate in ‘The Pulses Conclave 2020’ (TPC 2020).
The Conclave will not only talk about growing domestic production and consumption, but also try to highlight other areas of the trade like improving processing efficiencies, increasing consumption, exports, value addition, protein extraction, post-harvest crop management, etc.
“PM Modi’s vision is to increase the farmer’s income by the year 2022 and a great effort has been put into achieving the same. The result has been that India’s pulses production has steadily grown every year from around 19 million tons in 2013-14 to 23 million tons in 201-19 and the target for 2019-20 is 26.30 million tons. IPGA’s agenda and road map going forward will be to encourage its members to take advantage of the increased domestic production, balance imports vis-a-vis the production and demand thereby ensuring that the Indian consumer does not face any availability crunch nor high retail prices”, said Jitu Bheda, Chairman – IPGA.
“The Conclave programme typically is built around the dissemination of global and domestic pulses production numbers, global and domestic prices, supply and demand scenarios. However, at TPC 2020, while covering these aspects of the trade, IPGA is looking to go beyond and IPGA’s focus, by the end of the Conclave, will be to try and put together a roadmap that will help the Indian pulses trade be able to contribute to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of making India a $ 5 trillion economy through the retail sale of pulses, processed pulses, pulse derivates, and value additions, all of which will drive investments in the entire value chain”, said Pradeep Ghorpade, Chief Executive Officer, IPGA.
Pulses are the primary source of proteins in India and IPGA feels that apart from addressing the availability of pulses ensuring the affordability of pulses is equally important.