India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the association for India’s pulses trade and industry will be hosting the 3rd National Pulses Seminar on February 10 & 11, 2021 to coincide with the 5th World Pulses Day which will be observed on Feb. 10th.
IPGA, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be conducting the entire seminar virtually and inviting domestic and international trade stakeholders of the pulses industry to participate in the 2-day seminar. Apart from the stakeholders from the trade value chain, IPGA is also inviting all farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and agriculture universities in India to participate in the Seminar. IPGA
Jitu Bheda, Chairman, India Pulses and Grains Association, speaking about the seminar said, “IPGA has now become India’s leading think tank and knowledge hub on the pulses and grains industry. After the success of The Pulses Conclave and The IPGA Knowledge Series, we are now preparing to host the National Pulses Seminar in 2021. The Seminar will feature eminent speakers and domain experts who will discuss in-depth and explore topics of critical interest to the pulses sector in India and the world at large.”
The seminar will have domain experts from health and nutrition, technology, trade, economics and public policy, scientific research, meteorology and industry broadly covering the following topics:
- Health benefits of pulses and their contribution to public health and nutrition security.
- Agriculture laws introduced in 2020 and their impact on domestic pulses production and industry.
- Overview of the entire crop year, especially the current Rabi crop.
- Weather expectations for the forthcoming Kharif season in 2021-22.
- Product panels featuring pigeon peas, urad, moong, masoor, desi and Kabuli chana, peas and beans.
- Technological advances, research, and new opportunities in the pulses sector.
Bimal Kothari, Vice Chairman, IPGA, speaking about the seminar said, “The Government of India has ear-marked the pulses sector as a priority sector and announced a series of path-breaking reforms in the agriculture marketing space including enhanced marketing freedom for farmers. However, the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has caused an imbalance in the entire value chain. The COVID pandemic will be almost a year-old by February and all value chain participants have worked hard to try and restore the balance to ensure there is no shortage of food grains. The seminar will not only take a closer look at the effects of the pandemic but also at the new opportunities, it has created and the options available to trade stakeholders to diversify in their existing businesses.”
Pravin Dongre, Founder Director, IPGA, speaking about the seminar said, “We have taken a decision to invite farmer producer organisations and agriculture universities to participate in the seminar. We believe that the panel discussions on individual pulses covering production and price outlooks in overseas origin will help Indian farmers get a better perspective of the global trade and also possible explore export opportunities apart from the prices they can expect from the domestic markets. We have also arranged for a live English to Hindi translation service to give the participants the option to listen in the language of their choice and convenience.”
The National Pulses Seminar has a strong precedence in IPGA’s “The Pulses Conclave”, one of the world’s largest conferences of the pulses sector held every two years and “The IPGA Knowledge Series”, a series of monthly webinars launched in August 2020.