Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced $100,000 in funding to support activities for the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses (IYOP), to be observed in 2016. The announcement was made in Mumbai, India, where the premier was touring promoting Saskatchewan as a supplier to India of food and fuel.
“The International Year of Pulses will act as a catalyst for heightened awareness of the vital role pulses play in the pursuit of global food security,” Wall said. “As one of the world’s largest producers of pulses, the declaration is an opportunity for Saskatchewan to showcase its leadership and pursue further export market development.”
The announced funding will be used to connect the Ministry of Agriculture with the Indian Pulses and Grains Association, as well as the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Pulse Canada, to develop a variety of activities to be held in India in celebration of IYOP. The province is looking to support activities aimed at increasing demand and knowledge of the benefits of pulses, as well as supporting the Global Pulse Conclave 2016.
Saskatchewan sales to India of peas, lentils and chickpeas exceeded $689 million in 2013.