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World Pulses Day is a global celebration that emphasizes the importance of pulses in achieving sustainable food systems and healthy diets. These leguminous crops, which encompass lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas among others, play a crucial role in promoting food security, enhancing soil fertility, and mitigating climate change. The day seeks to boost people's awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses and encourages their inclusion in diets around the world.
World Pulses Day was first established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2018, following the successful celebration of the International Year of Pulses in 2016. This day assumes significant importance for India, given that it is the world's largest producer and consumer of pulses. It resonates greatly with many Indian farmers who depend on pulses for their livelihood. Furthermore, pulses form a vital part of our country's cultural and culinary heritage, being key components of several traditional dishes that are not just savoured for their taste but also for their protein and fiber content, which contribute to a balanced diet.
In India, World Pulses Day is observed through a variety of programmes and initiatives that aim to raise awareness about the importance of pulses in sustainable agriculture and healthy diets. Farmer organizations, research institutions, and government agencies work together to put up exhibitions, disseminate information, and conduct training and demonstrations on the best farming practices for pulses, improving yields, and cooking demonstrations. Attention is also drawn to new research, innovations, and policies that can enhance pulse production and consumption in India. World Pulses Day is celebrated globally on the 10th of February. However, related events and activities, in India, may take place throughout the month of February to dedicate proper attention to this crucial crop.
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World Pulses Day references and related sitespulses.org: Pulses pulses.org: What are Pulses? UN: World Pulses Day