International Year of Pulses: 2016 NEWS

The Food and Agriculture Organization approved the offer for 2016 to be declared “International Year of Pulses” in the 146th council meeting organized in Rome. The offer, leaded by Turkey, is expected to be approved in the 38th FAO Conference in June.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) approved that it will be “International Year of Pulses” in 2016, in the 146th council meeting organized in Rome.

The offer, leaded by Turkey, is expected to be approved in the 38th FAO Conference in June.

With the support and instructions of the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Mehdi Eker, an intense work was carried on about “The International Year of Pulses” in several units of the ministry.

An additional event hosted by Turkey was organized to announce the subject to the participant countries in the 39th FAO Food Security Committee. Participant countries, more than 50, were requested to contribute for the offer.

The official motion about the 2016 International Year of Pulses was eventually put on the agenda of the 146th FAO Council meeting. The initiative launched by Turkey was notably supported by the USA, Australia, Kenya and several countries.

Thanks to the letter of support request sent by Mehdi Eker, the committee from Turkey and Rome Embassy, it was declared in the 146th FAO Council that it would be “International Year of Pulses” in 2016.

Unless any case of emergency, it will be approved that it is the “2016 International Year of Pulses” at the 38th FAO Conference.