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Pulse takes centre stage for 2016

Editorial

Praised as the stable ingredient of millions of diets in emerging parts of the globe for centuries, pulses will undergo a significant image overhaul as part of the United Nations declared International Year of Pulses (IYP) in 2016.

Pulse producers, leading Australian and globe trade businesses, community leaders, consumers and government representatives were amongst those present at the Australian 2016 IYP Gala Launch Dinner.

According to Managing Director of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council Georgie Aley, the evening was an important opportunity to showcase Australia’s significant role in producing pulses.

“The launch dinner allows Australia to showcase our role as a world-class supplier of pulses. The Australian pulse industry is a $1.3 billion industry playing a significant role in feeding our own backyard as well as being a global leader in the future of feeding the world,” Aley said.

Evening highlights included keynote presentations from Mr Hakan Bahceci, Global Pulse Confederation IYP Chair and CEO of Hakan Agro DMCC, and Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, reinforcing the importance of Australia’s $1.3 billion pulse industry and the role of purses in addressing key health issues such as diabetes and obesity.

The launch dinner also included a fundraising auction led by Elders Auctioneer, Ron Rutledge, where the funds will be used to continue to raise awareness of the significant role pulses plays in terms of nutrition, sustainable food production and crop rotations throughout 2016. 

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