The India Pulses and Grains Association’s flagship event, the Pulses Conclave, kicks in Goa, welcoming key industry players from around the globe.

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On Wednesday, international pulse growers, processors, exporters, importers, intermediaries, equipment suppliers, researchers, promotional agencies, and service providers will convene at the Grand Hyatt in Goa, India for what is arguably the most important event of its kind: The Pulses Conclave.

Organized by India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the conference will feature speakers from diverse areas of the industry, including CICILS/IPTIC President Hakan Bahceci, Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon, Brian Clancey of STAT Communications, Jeffery L. Van Pevenage of Columbia Grains, Australia Milling Group CEO Peter Wilson, Sudhakar Tomar of Hakan Agro DMCC, and Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart. Suresh Prabhu, a former minister in the Indian government, will provide the keynote address.

IPGA Chairman Pravin Dongre said he expects the number of registrants to reach 800 by Wednesday. So far trade delegations from Canada, the United States, Australia, Myanmar, Russia, China and several African countries have confirmed their participation.

“We have lined up a galaxy of topnotch speakers, each one with deep knowledge, rich experience and domain expertise, ready to share valuable insights with the august audience,” Dongre writes on the 2014 Pulses Conclave website.

“The range of topics these experts will dwell upon encompasses global market outlook, Indian market outlook, origin presentations, research advances, price risk management and regulatory oversight, technical analysis, and more; and to top it all, a series of panel discussion by hands-on experts to crystal gaze into the outlook for 2014 for major pulses—indeed, an intellectually stimulating seminar.”

Lyle Stewart’s presentation at the Conclave is part of a 12-day trade mission to the region by a delegation of representatives from Saskatchewan. The group, which includes members of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and SaskCanola, will also attend the Punjabi Progressive Agriculture Summit and the upcoming Gulfood Trade Show in Dubai.

“During the Pulse Conclave in India we hope to highlight Saskatchewan as a safe, reliable supplier of pulses. With an increasing focus on food security around the world, Saskatchewan has a great story to tell as we have the capacity to grow what the world needs,” Stewart told IFT.

“In 2013 Saskatchewan exported over $690 million in agriculture products to India, making India one of our top export destinations. We are a leader in pulse research and production in Canada and are committed to working with India to provide the agriculture products that meet India’s needs,” he added.

The Conclave also reflects India’s interest in promoting agricultural research related to pulses. Currently Indian pulse producers are recording yields of 600 to 700 kg/ha, compared to the global average of around 1200 kg/ha and Canada’s impressive 1800 to 1900 kg/ha.

IPGA was founded in 2011 and is the apex body of the pulses trade in India. Formerly known as the Pulses Importers Association, the organization now covers a wider gamut and includes all stakeholders in the country’s pulses and grains trade. The organization held the first Global Pulses Conclave in 2012 in Mumbai.

Look for more Pulses Conclave coverage this week, including IFT’s exclusive interview with IPGA Chairman Pravin Dongre!