Category: Pulses

Pulse School: Scouting for aphids and disease at early flower

It is important to get into fields often to monitor plant development and growing conditions, but for the pea crop it’s especially important at early flowering. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Pulse School we talk to Wendy Schatz Leeds, lead agronomist with Sharpe’s Crop Services, about why early flowering is a critical time to scout pea fields…. Read more »

China steps up purchases of peas in India’s absence

With India closing its border to pulse imports late last year, China is seizing the opportunity to buy competitively-priced protein and ramping up its imports of peas from Canada. The value of pea exports from Canada to China was up 42 percent in January to March of 2018 versus the same period in 2017, according… Read more »

Pulse School: Root rot resistance, biofortification, and the pulse crop breeding pipeline

While yield and lodging attributes will always be critical, pulse crop breeders have placed a high priority on root rot resistance in recent years, and are increasingly focused on the nutritional profile of new pea, lentil and chickpea varieties. Tom Warkentin, pulse breeder at the Crop Development Centre at Saskatoon, joins us for this Pulse… Read more »

Pulses likely on the menu for Trudeau’s trip to India, but will they be on the agenda?

Pulses will likely be on the menu as Prime Minister Trudeau meets with his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Modi, later this month, but Canada’s pulse sector is counting on them also being on the business agenda. There’s no mention of pulse crops or India’s steep tariffs on Canadian pulse exports in the notice from the… Read more »

India adds new import surcharge and higher chickpea duty

India’s government has made it even more expensive to export products — including pulse crops — into the country. On Tuesday, India announced a 10 percent increase to its duty on chickpeas, raising the import tariff from 30 to 40 percent. The move comes days after the India’s finance minister introduced a new surcharge to… Read more »

MacAulay announces funding at SaskPulse meeting

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay attended a Saskatchewan Pulse Growers’ regional meeting in Regina on Monday and announced around $575 thousand in funding for pulse crop market development projects. The minister’s visit comes amid market uncertainty for the Canadian pulse industry with India — Canada’s largest export customer — having imposed 30 and 50 percent… Read more »

Pulse School: What will it take for India to lift tariffs?

India’s government made no attempt to veil the reason for imposing tariffs on pulse crop imports in late 2017. “Cheap imports, if allowed unabated, are likely to adversely affect the interest of the farmers,” said a statement from the Indian government, announcing the 30 percent import duty on lentils and chickpeas in December. The tariffs on… Read more »

Pulse School: What do India’s tariffs mean for pulse markets in 2018?

India’s move to impose prohibitive import tariffs on peas, lentils and chickpeas has left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the pulse market heading into the 2018 growing season. After back-to-back bumper crops domestically, India implemented a 50 percent tariff on pea imports in November, followed by a 30 percent tariff imposed on lentils and… Read more »

Pulse School: Meeting new demand for peas on the eastern prairies

Construction has started on a large pea processing plant in central Manitoba that’s designed to process more than 100,000 tonnes per year starting in 2019. The new processing facility at Portage la Prairie will undoubtedly boost demand for peas on the eastern side of the prairies, however, there’s a big question that has yet to be… Read more »

Another blow for pulse crop demand, as India slaps 30 percent tariff on lentils and chickpeas

India has added two more pulses to the list of crops facing steep import tariffs into the country. The Indian government announced a 30 percent import duty on red lentils and chickpeas on Thursday, which takes effect immediately. It’s expected product already on its way to India will be subject to the duties upon arrival. “Production… Read more »

Roquette sees Manitoba as a good fit for pea processing

Construction of Manitoba’s new pea processing plant at Portage la Prairie is on schedule for its planned 2019 startup. John Buch, grain department manager for French food ingredient company Roquette, builders of the plant, shared the news at the Grain World conference in Winnipeg, Man. When the plant opens, Roquette will have pea processing capacity… Read more »

India committed to pea import duty, says broker

India’s decision to add a 50 percent import duty on peas is designed to help the country become self-sufficient in pulses, and the government appears to be steadfast in its commitment, says one of India’s largest international pulse brokers. Anurag Tulshan, managing director of Esarco Exim Pvt Ltd, told delegates attending the Grain World conference… Read more »

India imposing 50 percent duty on peas and 20 percent duty on wheat

In a move to support domestic prices after a bumper crop, India’s government has announced a 50 percent import duty on peas, while also raising its tariff on wheat from 10 to 20 percent. The country’s Central Board of Excise and Customs issued an order on Wednesday seeking to “increase rate of basic customs duty… Read more »

SeCan and SeedNet to sell CDC pulse varieties outside Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) says it has licensed the distribution rights for select newer pea, lentil and chickpea varieties outside of Saskatchewan to SeCan and SeedNet. Since 1997, SPG has funded the pulse breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC) in exchange for commercial rights to pulse crop varieties developed at… Read more »

A blockbuster for Sask. organic pea processing

With growing demand for plant-based protein, Academy award-winning film director James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron are getting into the pulse crop business in Western Canada. The Camerons joined Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Monday to celebrate the launch of their new company, Verdient Foods Inc., and its new pea processing facility at… Read more »