KARACHI: Pakistan’s first Pulses and Grains Conference was held on Sunday hosted by Pakistan Pulses Importers Association (PPIA).

The conference was organized in collaboration with Australian Trade and Investment Commission-Austrade (A department of the Government of Australia).

The conference was attended by delegation of Australian exporters, farmers and processors of pulses with an aim to promote bilateral trade between Pakistan and Australia.

The event was attended by more than 200 participants including members of Pulse Association of the South East Australia (PASEA), Jacky Sung from One Special Grain, Nusrat Nadeem from Full Spectrum, Imran Saeed and Tahir Mahmood from Australian Trade and Investment Commission.

The event consisted of presentations and panel discussion on several topics including future outlook of chickpeas, lentils, oats and barley.

This was the first time a pulses and grains conference was held in Pakistan and several requests were received from Australian delegates to conduct this conference annually.

There were two panel discussions one on “Kabuli Chikpea” (white gram) hosted by President PPIA Mohmmad Ahmed and “Desi Gram” Panel discussion was hosted by Bilal Ahmed vice president PPIA. Over all lentils scenario was presented by Dhanesh Kumar Director Sakhi Group of companies Member managing committee PPIA.

The conference was also attended by Muahmmad Amin (Farhaj) Secretary General PPIA, Zaeem Javaid Media Director, Mehesh Raja Manglani Finance Secretary, Anis Majeed leading pulses importer and Member Managing Committee Hadi Doni, Suresh Kumar Manglani, Bhojraj Manglani, Dhanesh Kumar, Muhammad Zakir Kass, and Muhammad Saleeem Tasbi. At the end of conference shields were presented to foreign guest and sponsors.