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World Pulses Day, observed annually on February 10, sheds light on the nutritional prowess of pulses and their role in sustainable food systems. Designated by the United Nations in 2018, this global event aims to emphasize the importance of pulses (commonly known as legumes) – in fostering a healthier planet, eradicating hunger and poverty.
Pulses, including dry peas, beans, lupins, lentils & chickpeas, are not just culinary staples but also a powerhouse of nutrition. Packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, these edible seeds play a crucial role in creating a sustainable and nutritious diet for people worldwide. The UN recognizes pulses as a strategic element – in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, contributing to global peace and enhancing food security.
Opportunity for women entrepreneurs
At the centre of this agricultural celebration lies a flourishing opportunity for women entrepreneurs, particularly in India. The pulse industry has witnessed remarkable growth, attracting women who are venturing into pulse farming and processing. Pulse crops like chickpeas, turmeric, and lentils not only offer nutritional benefits but also possess medicinal properties, making them increasingly popular in the Indian market.
A steady rise in women entrepreneurs across various sectors is seen in India, and the pulse industry is no exception. The cultivation and processing of pulses present a lucrative venture for women, who are eager to establish their own businesses. With access to funding and resources, women entrepreneurs can set up pulse processing units and even explore international markets by exporting their products.
Looking at some statistics, the Indian Pulse Association reports an annual growth rate of 10% in the pulse business, indicating a rising demand for these nutrient-rich crops. This surge in demand creates a significant opportunity for women entrepreneurs to carve a niche for themselves in the pulse industry. Government schemes and initiatives further support and encourage women to diversify their entrepreneurial ventures, including entering the pulse business.
So, the initiative of celebrating World Pulses Day goes beyond acknowledging the nutritional benefits of pulses; it also serves as a platform to recognize the contribution of women entrepreneurs in shaping the pulse industry in India. These women are not merely cultivating crops; they are fostering sustainable practices, promoting health, and driving economic growth.
As we celebrate World Pulses Day, let’s highlight these trailblazing women who are not only contributing to the pulse industry’s growth but also challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers. The pulse business is not just about food; it is about empowerment, economic independence, and sustainable entrepreneurship.
On this occasion, let’s amplify the voices of women shaping the future of the pulse industry and contributing to a healthier, more sustainable world. Ultimately, World Pulses Day is not just about pulses; it’s about recognizing the transformative power of women entrepreneurs in the pulse industry and beyond.