MUMBAI: India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the nodal body for India’s pulses trade and industry successfully co-hosted a webinar on Chickpeas and Lentils along with Pulse Australia and Austrade under the aegis of ‘THE IPGA KNOWLEDGE SERIES’. IPGA, which, is India’s leading think tank and knowledge hub of the pulses sector organized this webinar as a part of the Australian Government’s Australia India Business Exchange (AIBX) program.
The Indian overview on Lentils was presented by Anurag Tulshan, Managing Director – Esarco Exim and IPGA – East Zone Convenor, and Australian overview by Nick Poutney, Director – Pulse Australia. The overview on Indian Chickpeas was presented by Nirav Desai, Managing Partner – GGN Research, and Australian overview by Peter Wilson, Managing Director – Wilson International Trade. The webinar was attended by about 600 participants from across the world with the majority being from India and Australia.
Saurabh Bhartia, Senior Trader, Viterra India, IPGA, and GPC Executive Committee Member set the tone for the webinar in his opening remarks saying, “The share of Australian lentils in India’s import has been 10-15 percent over the last seven-eight years and almost 80-90 percent of its chickpeas’ requirements came from Australia till December 2017. However, the 66 percent import duty imposed by the Government of India has made it difficult to import from Australia resulting in these imports dropping to almost zero. In 2021, all pulses in India are trading above minimum support price and government stocks have hit a low. Both show we definitely have issues in our production of pulses in the last Kharif and Rabi seasons.”
Anurag Tulshan, Managing Director – Esarco Exim and IPGA’s East Zone Convenor giving an overview of India’s Lentils scenario said, “The current supply and demand situation is tight. The government needs to come forward and make some changes with regard to the duty structure, so as to get in more cargo because going forward, from the month of July until December 2021, we are going to need to import at least 500,000 tonnes of lentils.”
Mr. Tulshan, in his presentation, highlighted the following key points:
Nick Poutney, Director – Pulse Australia presenting an overview on the Australian Lentils scenario stated that while the Indian Government may be over-estimating their lentils production, the Australian government may be underestimating the Australian Lentils production. The Australian Government is underestimating Australian lentil production.
Mr. Poutney, in his presentation, highlighted the following key points:
Nirav Desai, Managing Partner – GGN Research giving an overview of India’s Chickpeas scenario said, “The overall Chickpeas production in India has been below average majorly due to poor yields in MP and Rajasthan and Gujarat is the only state that has had higher production. But Gujarat has relatively fewer acres under chickpeas production, just 800,000 compared to bigger states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.”
Mr. Desai, further, highlighted the following key points in his presentation:
Peter Wilson, Managing Director – Wilson International Trading giving an overview of Australia’s Chickpeas scenario said, “I applaud the dialogue that continues between Australia, Pulse Australia, and India to ensure that we are there as policies evolve and create an environment conducive to trade. In Australia, we grow desi chickpeas on deep subsoil moisture. The very good moisture levels that we have had in Northern Australia for the last few months have given us ideal seeding conditions for crops in the northern North-eastern cropping zone. So, we don’t share the same issues that are currently facing lentil producers in Southern Australia.”
Mr. Wilson, in his presentation, highlighted the following key factors as well:
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