It is so heartwarming to announce that The Pulses Conclave 2016 held at Jaipur, India, during February 17-19, 2016 was undoubtedly a huge success. Participation of more than 1100 delegates from 28 countries in the 3-day event was way ahead of delegate participation in the previous two editions of the Conclaves in 2014 (Goa) and 2012 (Mumbai).
It is with some pride and a sense of satisfaction that I wish to say that delegate participation in IPGA’s The Pulses Conclave has consistently grown by 25% or more every time. Delegates from countries as far apart as Australia, USA, Canada, Turkey, China, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Pakistan, Kenya, Myanmar, and China, to name a few, actively participated in the event and contributed to its success. With all humility that I can muster, I sincerely thank all the delegates from far and wide who participated in The Pulses Conclave at Jaipur. I pay my compliments to all those from the domestic and global pulses sector for extending unstinted support.
The underlying theme for The Conclave this year was ‘Powering India towards Self-sufficiency in Pulses’; and to move in that direction IPGA has signed an MoU with ICRISAT with the objective of working towards increasing production and yield of Pulses in India. Going forward, IPGA is planning to sign MoUs with ICAR and IIPR to jointly work towards improving India’s Pulses production. IPGA was honoured to have the presence of Dr. J S Sandhu, Deputy Director General, ICAR, who presented a paper on ‘Strategy for Increasing Pulses Production in India’. IPGA aims to work closely with ICAR on these strategies and support ICAR’s efforts in every possible way.
We had the honour of hosting Ms. Jaine Chisholm Caunt - Director General of GAFTA as well as Mr. Jonathan Waters – Head, Legal Services, GAFTA, at the Conclave. Both have reiterated GAFTA’s commitment to India and working towards increasing their presence here.
Canada, one of the largest exporters of pulses to India, had a very strong presence at The Conclave with a trade delegations from Saskatchewan led by Mr. Lyle Stewart, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture as well a trade delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Alberta. The United States of America too was well represented as well with delegations each from the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and USA Dry Beans Council.
As you know, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016). IPGA along with McGill University, Canada, has co-hosted a National Pulse Food Innovation contest inviting Catering Colleges and Food Technology Institutes to develop innovative pulse-based foods. IPGA hosted the National Finals at the Conclave. The Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore, walked away with the top honours and a cash prize of CAD 3000/-.
The business sessions at the Conclave included industry experts and luminaries who delivered presentations and moderated panel discussions that gave all delegates an insight into the domestic and international markets . These presentations have been uploaded on our website http://www.ipga.co.in/ for your reference.
Friends, the IPGA team has put in a lot of efforts in planning and executing this Conclave with a lot of attention being paid to every possible minute detail. We would like your feedback on the various elements of the Conclave and would request you to please a few minutes from your schedule to respond to a small survey questionnaire. Please click on http://www.ipga.co.in/feedbackform to take the survey. We have tried to keep it brief yet precise so that we can plan the next Conclave in a more efficient manner. I thank you in advance for your participation in the survey.
I also take this opportunity to thank all our partners who supported us in making this Conclave a massive success and look forward to meeting all of you once again in 2018. We shall announce the venue and date in the near future.