Pulse Feast was celebrated at the Biggest Commodity Exchange in Myanmar (Bayintnaung) on January 22nd, 2016. The event was supported by both Government and private sector. Those in attendance from the government were from the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture, and Chamber of Commerce. Those from the private sector who attended were the Pulses and Beans Associations Committee, agronomists, well known traders, brokers and processors.

On January 6, 2016, the International Year of Pulses launched around the world. In over 140 separate events (the number grew so fast leading up to Jan 6, we only knew the total after!), people came together, ate pulses and celebrated what is sure to be a momentous year for the pulse industry.

The IYP2016 has ambitious and innovative ideas to draw attention to an industry that has the potential to provide food that is nutritious, healthy and sustainable. In Australia, IYP gives a great opportunity to increase the domestic consumption of pulses to meet the Grain & Legumes Nutrition Council’s recommendation for all Australians to “eat legumes at least 2-3 times a week”.

Months of hard work and great collaborations between all the IYP2016 partners made January 6th a remarkable starting point for the International Year of Pulses.

As my lectures were scheduled for January 5 and 6 this year, I decided that Pulse Feast Day should be fittingly celebrated in the campus with students. As planned, on Wednesday January 6, Pulse Feast Day was celebrated with great fanfare at Great Lakes.

I had the opportunity to judge Manitoba’s edition of the 2016 Mission: ImPULSEible competition on December 14th, 2015 at Red River College.