UN launched 2016 International Year of Pulses

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Who: 2016 International Year of Pulses
Where: FAO Headquarters, Rome
What: Launched by the UN
When: 10 November 2015
Why: To boost production of pulses

2016: International Year of Pulses

Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh on 18 December 2015 announced that Union Government had been taking considerable steps to improve production of pulses in order to reduce country’s dependence on imports.

These steps are in tune with the 2016 International Year of Pulses launched by the United Nations.

The UN on 10 November 2015 launched the year at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. It was launched with the theme nutritious seeds for a sustainable future.

The purpose of the launch is to raise awareness of the many benefits of pulses, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

Pulses are important food crops for the food security of large proportions of populations, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where pulses are part of traditional diets and often grown by small farmers.