India Pulses and Grains Association Appoints Bimal Kothari as President

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], April 14 (ANI/Hunk Golden and Media): India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the apex body for the pulse trade and industry in India, today announced the appointment of Bimal Kothari as its new president with immediate effect while Jitu Bheda steps down as current president. Bheda was named IPGA President on April 25, 2018. Bimal Kothari takes over as the association’s third President after Pravin Dongre and Jitu Bheda. Kothari, one of the main founding members of the association, has been vice-president of the IPGA since 2011, when it was founded.

Commenting on the appointment of the new President, Jitu Bheda, Past President, IPGA said, “IPGA is delighted to appoint Bimal Kothari as the new President after gaining the unanimous approval of all committee members. He is precisely the kind of dynamic leader we need at IPGA to drive our agenda and initiatives forward. Kothari was instrumental in founding the association and worked tirelessly to advance IPGA’s efforts in industry and commerce. He led the dialogue with the government and key stakeholders in voicing policy and addressing all challenges. We are confident that Mr. Kothari will further the association’s vision of being the supreme body and global think tank on the pulses industry and trade. I congratulate him and wish him well in this new role.” Bimal Kothari, IPGA President, said: “IPGA’s management team has been at the forefront of changes in the business and pulses industry in India.We have created a well-articulated vision for the industry while working closely with government, policy makers, trade for the wider benefit of farmers and trade.IPGA has invested heavily over the past decade in improving relationships with foreign ministries and partner associations through the Pulses Conclave, the National Pulses Summit and the IPGA Knowledge webinar series. I feel very privileged to ‘taking on this role at such an exciting time for our industry – needs are changing rapidly. At the helm of business, I will ensure that we address these changes in thoughtful and innovative ways to achieve goals that will benefit all stakeholders for years to come.

Kothari further added that “It is a great honor to be appointed as the President of India Pulses and Grains Association and to carry on the legacy left by my predecessors. I look forward to their continued guidance and support to all members of the committee. Much has been done and there is still much to be done within the framework of the IPGA. There are programs to carry out, problems to solve and challenges to overcome. And united, we will do all this and reach greater heights. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the new journey that begins here.” On the new nomination, Sunil Sawla, Hon. The Secretary of the Indian Pulses and Grains Association, said, “It is a great pleasure for us to elevate Bimal Kothari to the position of President of the IPGA. His promotion reflects the knowledge, experience and ongoing contribution he has made not only to the association but also to the industry as I would also like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Jitu Bheda for playing a active role in guiding the association during its four-year term.

Recently, Bimal Kothari spearheaded India Pulses and Grains Association recommendations for free trade policy and made strong and strategic representation to Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Trade, Agriculture and DGFT urging the government to allow the free import policy for pulses with a caveat that the import duty on each pulse must be such that it ensures that the landed cost is above the MSP. Key highlights of the presentation included: The new free trade policy will enable India to be a ‘global price setter’

Import duty can be levied on a per tonne basis instead of a percentage Protect farmers’ interests and support the PM’s vision of doubling farmers’ incomes

Stimulate production and consumption and ensure nutritional security Create a fund for sector development and encourage exports

The IPGA is fully aligned with policy makers and would play a proactive role in strengthening the pulses ecosystem The role of the IPGA in monitoring foreign trade will help coordinate and catalyze policy development

A series of strategies for improving India’s pulses sector were discussed, including the establishment of a Dal Mill modernization fund. The IPGA specifically mentioned the need to impose reasonable tariff rates on imports to balance the interests of farmers and consumers. India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the supreme body for trade and industry of pulses and grains in India has more than 400 direct and indirect members, including individuals, companies as well as regional associations of traders and pulse processors. 10,000 players involved in growing, processing, storing and importing pulses across the entire value chain.

The vision of IPGA is to make India’s pulses and grains industry and trade globally competitive; ; and in doing so, contribute to advancing India’s food and nutrition security. IPGA assumes the responsibility of trying a leadership role in the domestic agribusiness and playing a more proactive role in the global domain to foster sound relationships among Indian market participants and between India and all associates abroad. Media Contact:

Sonia Kulkarni |CEO | IPGA 98201 84099| [email protected]

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