In June, Vijay Iyengar was elected GPC Executive Vice President. He has more than 30 years of experience in the pulse business and is the chairman and managing director of Agrocorp, a Singapore-based agricultural commodities trading and processing company.
In this interview, Vijay discusses his new role, the importance of establishing a national member association (the Singapore Pulse Federation), his views on the situation in India, and the opportunity before the global pulse industry in terms of current consumer trends, especially among millennials.
What do you see as some of the challenges and opportunities for the global pulse industry today and in the future? 0:52
Why did you decide to run for GPC Executive VP? 1:51
Your son is joining your business. What do you see as some of the future opportunities he’ll have to grow the business? 2:23
You helped create the Singapore Pulse Federation. Tell us why it was created and what it hopes to accomplish. 3:16
India is building up a pulse buffer stock to control prices. What does this mean for imports? 3:50
India has also been making overtures to South American pulse exporting countries like Argentina and Brazil. How does that fit in with its plans to attain pulse self-sufficiency? 5:02
Your company has played an important role in the international pulse trade with India. What are some of the challenges and opportunities of working with India? 5:50
Now that the election is over in India, do you anticipate any changes to the duties and tariffs currently in place? 6:55
In your view, what's the value of attending the annual GPC conference? 7:41