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Dear Friends,

Greetings from India Pulses and Grains Association! Wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2022!

IPGA being the apex body of India’s pulses and grains industry and trade, it is our privilege to lead the celebrations for the 4th World Pulses Day on behalf of our country bringing together the global audiences for a common goal of creating awareness of the benefits of pulses as well as to play a catalytic role to increase consumption and to highlight the role of pulses as the most sustainable crop in the world.

World Pulses Day is observed yearly on the 10th of February. In the current year 2022, it would be the 4th time when World Pulses Day will be observed on Thursday, February 10, 2022. It was determined by the United Nations to celebrate World Pulses Day to express the worth, value and benefits of pulses. The UN’s recommendations have been applauded through Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The first-ever World Pulses Day was observed on 10th February 2019.

India Celebrates “World Pulses Day” or “Antarashtriya Dalhan Diwas” to spread awareness regarding the numerous health benefits pulses have to offer and promote the consumption of pulses across the country. IPGA will be hosting a World Pulses Day Webinar (live) on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 3 pm IST via zoom to celebrate the aforesaid event so that government, industry, trade, members across the globe from various partner associations as well as farmers and consumers can be a part of the global celebration.

We are putting together a distinguished and robust panel of speakers from the Government, Research Institutes, foreign delegations as well as our partner associations to talk in depth and highlight importance of pulses and its increased consumption as well as address the sustainability goals. Promoting the consumption of pulses and spreading awareness regarding the nutritional quotient of pulses would largely help counter issues such as malnutrition and other health issues caused by a protein deficient diet.
IPGA will be hosting the Webinar on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 3 pm IST with Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog as the Chief Guest and Dr S K Malhotra – Agriculture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare as the key note speaker. Some of the other eminent speakers are Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional Managing Director NAFED, Cindy Brown – President, GPC, Greg Cherewyk, President – Pulse Canada, Sachin Khurana, India Representative, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, Robynne Anderson – President, Emerging Ag Inc., Con Livissianis – Agribusiness Chair, Australia India Business Council Prof. Rajiv K Varshney – Research Program Director, Accelerated Crop Improvement, ICRISAT, Varun Deshpande – Managing Director, The Good Food Institute India, Vastal Lilani – President, Overseas Agro Traders Association Myanmar, Dr. Roshani Sanghani – Allopathic Doctor Hormone Specialist, Aasaan Health Solution, Sunil Patwari – Committee Member, Singapore Pulses Federation, Yogesh Thorat – Managing Director, Maha Farmers Producers Company Ltd, Akanksha Ghai -Co-Founder, BVEG Foods, Tarak Badkas – CEO, Altein Ingredients, Chandni Jafri – Founder, Earth Craft Shop, Chirag Sabunani -Ambassador, O Great Food. Manisha Gupta, Editor- Commodities and Currencies, CNBC 18 is the moderator for the event.

We have released a slogan “Go Green with Pulse Protein” to commensurate the event which will also be observed across by our regional and foreign partner associations.”

The increased awareness amongst the masses, increased production and consumption of pulses across the country would align with our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendraji Modi’s vision of sustainable development of the pulses industry and trade and thereby provide an impetus to India’s Commerce and Industry which would also be conducive for environmental sustainability.


Best Regards,
India Pulses and Grains Association.

About Webinar

Name: World Pulses Day 2022
Date: February 10th, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM (IST)
Location: India

Robynne Anderson

International Expert in
Agricultural and Food Policies

Robynne often represents organizations at the United Nations, bringing the voice of agriculture in multi-governmental processes. She co-ordinates Private Sector Mechanism…

Dr. S K Malhotra


Dr. S K Malhotra presently working as Agriculture Commissioner in the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare has over 30 years’ experience as Scientist & techno-administrator in National…

Sachin Khurana

India Representative,
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

Sachin Khurana from QR Group is the India region representative of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC). Sachin has more than two decades of experience in the F&B marketing…

Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh

Additional Managing Director

Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh is Additional Managing Director of NAFED, an autonomous National Cooperative Marketing Federation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India, responsible for the procurement of Pulses and Oilseeds at Minimum Support Price as well the Management of National Buffer Stock of Pulses under Department…

Sunil Patwari

Managing Director
Seasons Overseas Group

Mr Sunil Patwari, based out of Singapore, is the Managing Director at Seasons Overseas Group. He has spent the last 27 years successfully managing and growing commodity trading businesses. Prior to founding Seasons Overseas Pte Ltd, Mr Patwari was the CEO of Export Trading Group for their South-East Asia business, managing a very large revenue. He has also held…

Mr. Vatsal Lilani

Managing Director
Evertop Commodities

Vatsal Lilani joined Andre & Cie’s Myanmar operations as Country Head in 1996 and since then has been a prominent face in the agro circles in the country. Andre & Cie is a Swiss commodity group with operations in over 100 countries and was one of the first international companies to have started operations in Myanmar after the country opened up. After a 15-year stint, he started his…

Mr. Yogesh Thorat

Managing Director
Maha Farmers Producers Ltd

Mr. Thorat graduated from MANAGE, Hyderabad a premier Agribusiness Management School. He has core expertise in policy advocacy in the area of Value Chain Development, Agriculture marketing, & developmental economics. He is Board Member of Studies of MIT School of Management, Pune. He is column writer on agriculture & Rural Development issues.

Mr. Amitabh Kant

Chief Executive Officer
NITI Aayog

Mr Kant has been a key driver of award-winning initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Startup India’, ‘Incredible India’, and ‘God’s Own Country’, that have positioned India and the state of Kerala as leading manufacturing and tourist destinations. He has conceptualized the ‘Atithi Devo Bhavah’ (or the Guest is God) campaign to train taxi drivers, guides, and immigration…

Ms. Cindy Brown

Co-owner and President
Chippewa Valley Bean & Doane Ltd

Cindy has served as a member of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board for the state of Wisconsin, as President of the US Dry Bean Council and is a founding member of the American Pulse Association. In June 2019, Cindy was unanimously elected President of the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC).The GPC is the sole international confederation…

Con Livissianis

Representative and Presenter
Australia India Business Council

Con Livissianis is a Global Management Consultant whose company Exemplar Performance Advantage is dedicated to serving the needs of privately held businesses and public interest entities. Con has a passion for bilateral trade between Australia and Asia Pacific nations such as China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia. In 2010 Con was one of three…

Prof. Rajeev Varshney

Agricultural Research Scientist
Genomics and Molecular Breeding

Prof. Rajeev Varshney is an agricultural research scientist specializing in genomics and molecular breeding with 20+ years of service in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He is currently serving as Research Program Director- Accelerated Crop Improvement; and Director, Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology at the International…

Dr. Roshani Sanghani

Medical Allopathic Doctor
Aasaan Health Solution

Dr Roshani Sanghani is a medical allopathic doctor. She is an American board-certified Endocrinologist (Hormone Specialist). After returning from the US, she was associated with Hinduja and Breach Candy Hospital. In 2016 she founded Aasaan Health Solutions, based out of Mumbai, where she and her team help people build healthy lifestyle habits to reverse PCOS, Obesity,…

Greg Cherewyk

Pulse Canada

Greg Cherewyk is the President of Pulse Canada; a national industry association that represents over 30,000 growers and over 100 processors and exporters of pulses and special crops in Canada.  In Greg’s 18 years with the organization, he has led market development programs, market access and trade policy files, served as the organization’s director of transportation and administered trade rules, arbitration and appeals processes.

Akanksha Ghai

BVeg Foods

I’m an entrepreneur with an unconventional business interest that has always been my defining streak as a professional for the last 9 years. Being an animal lover, my current…

Chandni Jafri

Founder, CEO
Triple Bottomline Advocate

An MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai (1995-97), I am a Triple Bottom-line Advocate,CEO, Angel Investor, Startup Evangelist, Advisor and Business head. Founder of SLSV…

Chirag Sabunani

Ambassador for
Next-Generation Ingredients

Creating the future of food through better ingredients. Ambassador for next-generation ingredients across proteins, hydrocolloids, fibers, flours,…

Devika Suresh

Civil Engineer
National Institute of Technology Karnataka

Devika worked as a software analyst at Citi for two years before getting acquainted with GFI India through the India Smart Protein Innovation Challenge. As a challenge…

Tarak Badkas

Co-founder & CEO

Following a plant-based lifestyle for more than 5 years, I have witnessed the transition in demand and supply of plant-based foods globally. Still, the majority of plant-based foods…

Varun Deshpande

Son of a
Cancer Surgeon

As the son of a cancer surgeon from Mumbai, Varun has been deeply immersed in healthcare and technology from a very young age. He spent several…

Ms. Manisha Gupta

Editor – Commodities & Currencies CNBC TV18

Ms. Gupta covers agriculture and related sectors and also the non-Agro sector with equal elan. Apart from covering the live market she also anchors the Weekly show Commodity Champions. She is also seen on the Hindi channel CNBC Awaaz and Gujarati channel CNBC Bajar.