Pulse confidence continues

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As the 2016 International Year of Pulses nears, this year’s Australian Grains Industry Conference heard how India is emerging as a key market for Australia’s $1.6 billion pulse industry.

Pulse Australia chair Peter Wilson said a growing middle class on the Indian subcontinent is seeking a quality product – one that Australian growers are able to provide.

“India is a rapidly emerging economy and for the pulse business India is everything,” he said.

Mr Wilson, who is CEO of the Australian Milling Group, said the market for Australian desi chickpeas – which are often split to make dahl – was expanding.

Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council managing director Georgie Aley told delegates the 2016 International Year of Pulses will provide a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for the Australian and global industry to “direct and drive an agenda” to increase pulse production and consumption and raise awareness of their nutritional and environmental benefits.

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