“It’s a great honor to be named the Chairman of India Pulses and Grains Association and carry forward the legacy set by my predecessors”- mentioned Bimal Kothari

India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the apex physique for India’s pulses commerce and trade, at present (14 April 2022) introduced the appointment of Bimal Kothari as the brand new Chairman with quick impact whereas Jitu Bheda steps down as the present Chairman.

Bheda was appointed the Chairman of IPGA on twenty fifth April 2018. Bimal Kothari takes over because the third chairman of the affiliation after Pravin Dongre and Jitu Bheda, Kothari was one of many key founding members of the affiliation and has been the Vice-Chairman of IPGA since 2011 when it had been fashioned. 

Commenting on the appointment of the brand new Chairman, Jitu Bheda, out-going Chairman, IPGA mentioned, “IPGA is delighted to nominate Bimal Kothari as the brand new Chairman after getting unanimous approval from all members of the committee. He is exactly the sort of dynamic chief we want at IPGA to drive our agenda and take the initiatives ahead. 

Kothari has been instrumental in establishing the affiliation and has relentlessly strived in increasing IPGA’s endeavors within the trade and commerce. He has led the dialogue with the federal government and key stakeholders voicing IPGA’s views on insurance policies in addition to addressing all the opposite challenges. We are assured that Kothari will additional the affiliation’s imaginative and prescient of being an apex physique and a world assume tank for the pulses trade and commerce. I congratulate and want him luck with this new position.”

Bimal Kothari, Chairman, IPGA mentioned, “IPGA’s leadership team has been at the forefront of the shifts in India’s pulses trade and industry. We have created a well-articulated outlook towards the industry while working closely with the government, policymakers, and trade in the larger interest of the farmers and traders. IPGA has invested significantly over the last decade in enhancing relationships with foreign ministries and partner associations through The Pulses Conclave, National Pulses Summit, and IPGA Knowledge Webinar Series. I feel very privileged to take on this role at such an exciting time for our sector — the needs are changing rapidly. At the helm of affairs, I will ensure that we deal with these changes in thoughtful and innovative ways to achieve larger goals which will benefit all stakeholders for years to come.”

Kothari additional added that “It’s a great honor to be named the Chairman of India Pulses and Grains Association and carry forward the legacy set by my predecessors. I look forward to the continued guidance and support of all the committee members. A lot has been done and there is still a lot to do under IPGA. There are programs to be conducted, issues to be addressed, and challenges to overcome. And unitedly, we will do it all and achieve greater heights. I’m grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the new journey starting hereon.”

Sunil Sawla, Hon. Secretary, Indian Pulses and Grains Association, mentioned, “It gives us great pleasure to elevate Bimal Kothari as the Chairman of IPGA. His promotion reflects the knowledge, experience, and continuing contribution he has made not only to the association but also to the industry as a whole. I would also like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Jitu Bheda for playing an active role in guiding the association during his four-year stint.”

Recently, Bimal Kothari has led India Pulses and Grains Association’s suggestions for a Free Trade Policy and made a stable and strategic illustration to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Commerce, Agriculture, and DGFT urging the Government to permit a Free Import Policy for pulses with a caveat that the import obligation on every pulse needs to be such to make sure that the landed value is above MSP. The Key Highlights of the presentation included:

  • The New Free Trade Policy will empower India to be a ‘Global Price Setter’

  • The import obligation might be levied on a per ton foundation as an alternative of a share foundation 

  • Protect farmers’ pursuits and help PM’s imaginative and prescient of doubling farmers’ revenue

  • Boosting manufacturing and consumption in addition to making certain dietary safety 

  • Create a Fund for Sectoral Development and Incentivise Exports

  • IPGA is absolutely aligned with the policymakers and would play a proactive position in strengthening the pulses ecosystem

  • IPGA’s position in monitoring Foreign Trade will assist coordinate and catalyze policy-making

A Series of methods for the betterment of the Indian Pulses sector have been mentioned together with organising of a Dal Mill Modernisation Fund. IPGA particularly talked about the necessity to impose cheap charges of Customs Duty on imports to stability the farmers’ and shoppers’ pursuits.



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