Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of India Pulses and Grains Association’s Managing Committee and team, I thank you all for participating in THE PULSES CONCLAVE 2018 held from February 14th to 16th, 2018 at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in New Delhi.

As we all know, the pulses trade is going through a rather difficult phase yet the presence of over 750 delegates was a testimony of the fact that irrespective of the situation, the entire trade stands together in solidarity and unity as one.

Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu was expected to grace the Conclave but was called away due to other pressing engagements. However, Hon’ble Minister took time out of his schedule to record a special video message for the delegates of the Conclave. The Conclave was supported by senior Government officials like Prof. Vijay Paul Sharma, Chairman – CACP, Dr. B Rajender, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Shri S C Khurana, FSSAI.

We were also honoured to welcome Ministerial delegations from Alberta – Canada, Argentina and Kenya. The Canadian delegation from Alberta was led by Hon’ble Minister Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Alberta; the Kenyan delegation was led by Hon’ble Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Governor – Kitui County, Kenya and the Argentinian delegation was led by Mr. Jesús M. Silveyra – Joint Secretary of State for Agribusiness Markets, Ministry of Agro Industries, Argentine Republic.

The Indian Government is working hard towards achieving self-sufficiency in pulses and reducing India’s reliance of imports. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has targeted to double farmers income by the year 2022. For this target to be achieved, it is important that farmers are supported with research, modernisation as well as MSP. In this direction, IPGA invited Dr. B Rajender, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture to talk about the efforts in this direction, while Dr. Vijay Paul Sharma of CACP spoke about the mechanisms of MSP. We also had Dr. Pooran Gaur, Principal Scientist (Chickpea Breeding) & Theme Leader – Crop Improvement – ICRISAT participating in a panel discussion on Rabi Crop and talking about the various research projects being undertaken by ICRISAT.

This year, apart from panel discussions on key pulses, we included a few news aspects that affect the trade. Some of these new subjects were panel discussions on the new “GPC Contract #1”; “Opportunities in Warehousing and Collateral Management in India” as well as “Influencing Buy/Sell Decisions”.

All of us at IPGA hope and trust that you found the various business sessions informative, useful and exciting. We shall be hosting the next Conclave in 2020 and are looking forward to your continued support.

We shall be sending a FEEDBACK form to all of you shortly and will truly appreciate it if you can please take a few minutes to send us your feedback. It will help us plan the next Conclave better and avoid any mistakes that we may have committed this year.


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