ON NOVEMBER 6TH AT 5 PM INDIA TIME
PUNE: India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the nodal body for India’s pulses trade and industry will be hosting a series of webinars under the aegis of THE IPGA KNOWLEDGE SERIES to discuss and explore topics of critical interest to the pulses sector in India and the world at large.
IPGA, as a part of the KNOWLEDGE SERIES, will host a LENTILS WEBINAR on Friday, November 06, 2020, at 5 pm India Time. As has been the practice, the panelists for this webinar are eminent experts from India and Overseas.
The eminent panelists for the LENTILS WEBINAR include Dr. S.K. Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional MD, NAFED; Mr. Rakesh Khemka, MD – Uma Exports; Mr. Peter Wilson, MD – Wilson International, Australia, and Mr. Rav Kapoor, CEO & Director – ETG Commodities Inc., Canada The webinar will be moderated by Mr. Anurag Tulshan, IPGA’s East Zone Convenor and MD of Esarco Exim.
Mr. Jitu Bheda, Chairman, IPGA, said “The IPGA Knowledge Series has been received extremely well in India but also overseas. The Lentils webinar will give Indian and International trade stakeholders an excellent insight into what can be expected in the coming months.”
Mr. Bimal Kothari, Vice-Chairman, IPGA said, “India has imported just a little over half a million tons of Masoor between April and August of 2020 vis-à-vis 8.54 lakh tons for the FY 2019-20. The MSP for Masoor for this Rabi season has been set at Rs. 5,100/- per quintal to incentivize farmers to sow more and grow more. But at the same time, the Government has extended the reduction of import duty till December 31st. We see an interesting situation developing here and expect an in-depth discussion during the webinar around expected production, expected imports, and the role NAFED will essay in procurement and distribution.”
Underlining the importance of lentils, Dr. S.K. Malhotra said, “Lentils are now in demand in the market and the Government of India has also included them in the National Food Security Mission Programme. We have already started targeting rice fallow areas, bringing the Green Revolution in Eastern India, and promoting production through intercropping. We are encouraging states to adopt new and high yielding varieties of lentils so that our production as well as productivity increase.”
As a part of the webinar, Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh, Addl. MD – NAFED shall be talking about the NAFED’s plan of procurement of rabi pulses, particularly lentils, the present availability, market outlook, and the future trends. Mr. Rakesh Khemka of Uma Exports will present a perspective of the trade with respect to the domestic production, stock availability, expected imports as well as a price outlook.
From an international perspective, Mr. Rav Kapoor of ETG Commodities Inc., Canada, and Mr. Peter Wilson of Wilson International Trade, Australia will present the lentils outlook for Canada and Australia respectively about production, stock availability, expected exports as well as price outlook.
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