World Pulses Day
World Pulses Day is observed every year on February 10 to raise global awareness about the importance of pulses as a stable global food source. Pulses are essential to ensuring food security, nutritional security and environmental sustainability. They are a vital part of the human diet and have been grown and consumed by humans for thousands of years. The 2023 theme for World Pulses Day is “Pulses for a Sustainable Future.”
The Importance of Pulses
Pulses are a type of legume that are low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and rich in essential vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of plant-based protein and are especially important for vegetarians and vegans who are looking for alternative sources of protein. Pulses are also an affordable and accessible food source, making them accessible to people of all income levels.
Pulses play a critical role in ensuring sustainable agriculture. They improve soil health by adding nitrogen and reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers. This ensures the conservation of resources, reduces GHG emissions, and improves environmental health. Pulses are also drought-resistant and can be grown on small plots of land with little water, making them ideal for farmers in arid regions.
Pulses are an important source of income for farmers. They can be grown on small plots of land with little water and provide a reliable source of income for farmers who might otherwise struggle to make ends meet. In addition, the export of pulses is a major source of income for many developing countries.
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