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India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), is the apex body of India’s pulses and grains industry & trade and its membership encompasses market participants along the value chain.IPGA, based in Mumbai, is registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013 (earlier Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956) with a membership of over 400 including various regional associations of the Pulses industry. The association has a pan India reach of over 10,000 stake holders involved in the farming, processing, warehousing and import business of Pulses across the entire value chain.

IPGA’s vision is to make Indian pulses and grains industry & trade globally competitive; and in so doing, help advance India’s food and nutrition security. IPGA takes the onus of essaying a leadership role in the domestic agri-business and play a more proactive role in the global domain to foster healthy relations among Indian market participants and between India and all associates overseas. As the apex body of the trade, IPGA constantly strives to bring together all stakeholders along the value chain so as to evolve holistic solutions aimed at strengthening the sector.

In pursuance of its objectives IPGA will seek to address issues that impact production, productivity and marketability of pulses in the country. These include input management, improved agronomic practices, logistics (scientific storage and movement), procurement policy, and inclusion of pulses in the Public Distribution System (PDS), to name a few.

IPGA, since 2011, has been in discussion with the Agriculture as well as the Consumer Affairs Ministries for making the following amendments in the policies:

  • Including Pulses in the Public Distribution System
  • Including Pulses in the Food Security Act
  • Allowing free exports of all Pulses
  • Ensuring that Pulses are traded at the MSP. In case there is any drop of the trading price, Government Agencies like NAFED need to step in and buy the produce at the MSP.

IPGA is also working towards ironing out the various hurdles faced by the multiple stakeholders directly and indirectly aligned with the Pulses trade. These include Importers, Traders, Brokers, Millers, Indenters, Clearing House Agents, Shipping Companies, C & F Agents as well as Transport Companies.

IPGA works closely with governments at various levels – including the Government of India, State Governments and other authorities – to assist in evolving dynamic policy responses by providing market-related inputs and strategic advice with respect to domestic and global agribusiness. IPGA will also seek to monitor foreign trade (import and export) in pulses and grains so as to be able to provide effective forward-looking guidance which will further help the Government in policy formulation.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from India Pulses and Grains Association!

India, as we all know, has unique distinction of being the largest producer, consumer and importer of pulses in the world. In India, pulses are cultivated on approximately 25 million hectares.   India however finds itself short of Pulses due to low average yields on production side and large consumption with pulses being main source of protein.

Between 2013 and 2016 India’s annual pulses production varied between 16 to 19 million tons necessitating import in the range of 3.5 to 6 million tons.  During 2015/16, pulses production fell to 16 million tons against consumption of about 23 million tons, this led to record import of 5.57 million tons. Since then the Government of India has taken  measures of increasing Minimum support price, procurement by government agencies to create buffer stock and increase in import duty which have yielded positive results. Area under pulse cultivation has expanded and production in recent years has reached 23 million tons.  Imports have dropped to 2/2.5 million tons.

Having said this, the fact remains that much of pulses production in India is rain fed and hence subject to weather vagaries.  Frequent short supplies of pulses of a particular kind and consequent price spurts cannot be ruled out. It is therefore important that the government policies strike balance between farmer and consumer interest and actions are flexible enough to react to ground realities swiftly.

We are pleased that IPGA has earned recognition and respect with the government and gets attentive ears of decision makers.  We will continue to engage with key Ministries to discuss various initiatives to devise and implement pragmatic programs.However, as we all are aware in today’s world order, we have seen such happening with other commodities in different parts of the world and will have to live up to changing trade balances.

Friends, as you are aware, IPGA has just hosted the 5th edition of THE PULSES CONCLAVE, its biennial conference on the pulses sector,  from Feb. 12 to 14 at Aamby Valley City in Lonavala near Mumbai. The Pulses Conclave (TPC) is the largest conference across the world focussing on the pulses sector in India and globally.

The Pulses Conclave provides an exceptionally strong platform for domestic and international market participants to converge, connect and capitalize on business opportunities. The Pulses Conclave, over the years, has seen an average of 800 to 1000 Indian and international delegates participating with trade delegations from all major pulses producing nations like Canada, USA, Australia, Myanmar, Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, etc.

In this year’s Conclave, while concentrating on the India  and global pulses scenario, we have interesting presentations focusing on pulses research in India, Health benefits of pulses, product innovation etc. 

At The Pulses Conclave 2020, while covering the supply and demand aspects of the trade, IPGA has attempted to go beyond to try and put together a roadmap that will help the Indian Pulses Trade be able to contribute to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of making India a $ 5 trillion economy through retail sale of pulses, processed pulses, pulse derivates and value additions, all  of which will drive investments in the entire value chain. I would like to thank the Speakers, Panelists, Delegates, Exhibitors and Sponsors at The Pulses Conclave 2020 for their continued support.

Last but not the least, we call upon all the stakeholders of the pulses trade to join hands with IPGA as Patrons. The higher the number of patrons that IPGA, the stronger it becomes while approaching the various Ministries to place issues faced by the trade.

Please do get in touch with the IPGA office on +91 22 2490 9132 / +91 22 2490 9133 or write to us at info@ipga.co.in to become a Patron.

Thank you

Warm regards

Jitu Bheda


Mr. Jitu BhedaChairman
Mr. Bimal KothariVice – Chairman
Mr. Suresh AgarwalVice – Chairman
Mr. Sunil SawlaHon. Secretary
Mr. Sri Prakash GoenkaHon. Treasure
Mr. Vasant Bhanushali Hon. Jt. Secretary


Mr. Pravin DongreDirector
Mr. K C BhartiyaDirector
Mr. Anurag TulshanDirector
Mr. Hitesh SaytaDirector
Mr. Rakesh ShahDirector
Mr. Pradeep JindalMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Parag GadreMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Ajay JainMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Saurabh BhartiaMember – Executive Committee
Mr. D. VetrivelMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Ashwin AnamMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Navin NanduMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Gopal KogtaMember – Executive Committee
Mr Pritesh NanduMember – Executive Committee
Mr. Satish UpadhyayMember – Executive Committee

Dear Friends,

As the largest producer, importer, and consumer of pulses, our country is attracting the world’s attention. Major origins continue to target the Indian market and constantly compete with each other to capture market share here. At the same time, our own domestic pulses industry and trade is significantly large. There are tens of thousands of stakeholders and market participants including dal mills, importers, exporters, indentors, brokerages, local traders as well as scores of service providers.

Despite the large size, challenges abound. Our yields are abysmally low; in most cases, the processing units are old and idle; our per capita consumption of pulses is far below nutritional standards, and our exports are highly restricted. Importantly, pulses can ply a significant role in advancing food and nutrition security. In other words, there is a great opportunity waiting for the Indian pulses industry and trade to become modern, expand business and capture growing market opportunities. This is possible if and only if the industry and trade representatives across the country are united and work together to shape pro-business policies.

India Pulses and Grains Association, the apex body of the country’s pulses industry and trade, is constantly endeavoring to promote policies, programs, and practices that would go to make the Indian pulses sector globally competitive. Any sector would be strong when a large number of stakeholders take an active part in creating a common platform and speak in a unified voice to advance the interests of the sector.

You are an important participant in the large and growing Indian pulses market. We at IPGA are keen to strengthen the domestic pulses industry and trade, and cordially invite you to become a member of the association. Indeed, IPGA was established with the vision to make Indian pulses and grains industry & trade globally competitive; and in so doing, help advance India’s food and nutrition security.

Friends, it is critical that IPGA gets your unstinted support and patronage to be able to put forth a strong and unified voice with the Government and drive initiatives that will benefit all stakeholders – producers, consumers and trade as a whole. We look forward to welcoming you as an active member of India Pulses and Grains Association.



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