Couldn’t make it to this year’s Pulses Conclave? IFT brings you an inside look at the main event

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The annual World Pulses Convention hosted by CICILS IPTIC, which will take place this year in Capetown the first week of May, is generally considered the most important conference for the pulses industry. However, in just its second edition, this year’s Pulses Conclave (February 19-21) hosted by the India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA) demonstrated once again that it too has become vital to the business, science and trade of pulses.

With its idyllic beachfront setting, the Grand Hyatt in Goa, India provided a more than suitable location for the roughly 800 delegates from countries such as Canada, the U.S., Australia, Russia, Spain, Pakistan, Kenya and Myanmar, among others, to convene. An estimated US$ 81,820,000 worth of business was transacted during the three-day event.

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“We are overwhelmed by the stupendous response the Conclave has received from the trade and industry across India and the world,” said IPGA chairman Pravin Dongre.

Photo (left to right): Hitesh Sayta (IPGA Director), Kathleen Donohue (Counsellor ‘Agriculture and Agri-food’ Government of Canada), Honorable Lyle Steward (Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture), Pravin Dongre (IPGA Chairman), Sunil Sawla (IPGA Director)

“The Conclave has provided a huge opportunity for all participants to Converge, Connect and Capitalize through trade tie-ups and strategic alliances. India is the epicenter of global pulses trade, and through this endeavor we are trying to bring the trade across geographies closer.”

The IPGA members who organized the event placed particular emphasis on Canada, which is increasingly exporting its high-yielding crops to India. As such the ten members of a trade delegation comprised of representatives from the Canadian pulse market, not to mention Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart, were given spotlight treatment. North America’s pulse powerhouse is currently in talks with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to improve pulse farming technology in India.

Market and pricing outlooks, investment opportunities, research findings, weather predictions—these were among the many topics discussed during the jam-packed conference, which roughly followed this year’s theme “The Power of Pulses”. Guests attended seminars led by industry experts, policymakers and other agri-business professionals from India and elsewhere. They also had the opportunity to attend B2B meetings and other networking events. Of course, just about everyone was eager to gain insight into the Indian pulse market, where pulse production has increased by 37% in the last four years.

“The price outlook in the forthcoming months will remain stable considering that we had a fantastic year of crop specially chickpeas and yellow peas according to the government of India figures,” said IPGA Vice Chairman, Bimal Kothari.

Photo (left to right): Lee Moats (Saskatchewan Pulse Growers), Gordon Bacon (Pulse Canada), Honorable Lyle Steward (Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture), Franck Groeneweg (Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission), Carl Potts (Saskatchewan Pulse Growers)

“India Pulses and Grains Association said they were overwhelmed by the tremendous response and support from stakeholders all over the world and (the IPGA) added everyone in the pulse industry should watch out for 2016 as the third edition of the conclave will be held in the International Year of Pulses (IYOP 2016).”

“IPGA has decided to officially conduct an annual crop survey by appointing a professional agency to get the estimate production of Rabi and Kharif crops which is a major issue in India.”

Earlier this month the IPGA Director, Sunil Sawla offered post-conclave remarks and provided some current insight on the recent weather impacts affecting India and the importance of this market in the global production of pulses.

Photo (Above): Audience at the inauguration ceremony held oceanside at the Grand Hyatt in Goa, India.

The IPGA was particularly vocal in its appeal to the Government of India to include pulses in the National Food Security Act and the Public Distribution System (PDS) in order to improve the country’s food security. The organization also pushed for more free market policies regarding pulses and the removal of import and export restrictions to ensure better earnings for pulse growers and related industries.

The following presentations have been made available by the India Pulses & Grains Association (IPGA) via the official 2014 Pulses Conclave website: