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The Pulse Importers of Sri Lanka in affiliation with the Essential Commodity Importers and Traders Association address a press conference

The UN General Assembly declared 2016 the “Year of Pulses” with the intent of raising public awareness on the nutritional benefits of pulses as a part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security under the theme of ‘Nutritious Seeds for Sustainable Future’. International Year of Pulses (IYP) promotes the consumption of pulses to attain healthy lifestyle void of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

The heightened production of pulses would lead to the opulence of edible seeds as a result of which the elimination of malnutrition and hunger can be achieved. Thus, it contributes towards food security and sustainable food production in the world. Soil fertility and mitigation of climate change menaces are favourable environmental impacts of promoting global production of pulses. IYP seeks to foster enhanced research on the field and address the challenges encountered by the traders of pulses.