India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the apex body for India's pulses trade and industry. IPGA expected nearly the attendance 1500 Indian trade collaborators and exporting countries like Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Malawi, Myanmar, the USA, Tanzania, Uganda, etc. In 'The Pulses Conclave 2020' (TPC 2020). The Pulses Conclave 2020, agenda not only discussed the increase in domestic production and consumption but also brought forth other areas of trade like post-harvest crop management, improving processing efficiencies, exports, increasing consumption, protein extraction, value addition, etc.
Jitu Bheda, Chairman - IPGA said, “By 2022 Hon'ble Prime Minister's wants to double the farmer's income, and has been working hard towards it. As a result India's pulses production has been growing from 19 million tons in 2013-14 to 23 million tons in 201-19 and 26.30 million tons is the mark for 2019-20. IPGA's wants its members to take advantage in the increase in domestic production, balance between imports, and the production and demand so that the Indian consumer does not face any availability crunch or high prices
Pradeep Ghorpade, Chief Executive Officer, IPGA quoted "TPC 2020 customarily is looking at the number of global and domestic pulse production, international and domestic prices, supply and demand scenarios. However, while covering these trade conditions, IPGA is glancing beyond and by the end of the Conclave, they are focusing to establish a roadmap that will boost the Indian pulses trade economy to devote towards the vision of making India's economy $ 5 trillion through retail and sale of pulses, processed pulses, pulse derivate, and value additions, all of this will add up to the investments in the entire value chain".
Pulses are the key source of proteins in the Indian economy and IPGA admits that ensuring the affordability of pulses is equally important as to addressing the availability of pulses.
The Indian Government has to generate a plan that will allow benefits to both the farmers and the consumers. The Indian Government had introduced a number of tariff and non-tariff barriers over the last year and a half on pulse import, to safeguard farmers in earning a fair price on their produce and increase levels of domestic production.
To ensure a positive results for farmers and consumers, IPGA will formulate and implement programs along with ministries like Agriculture, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Health & Family Welfare.