During the third day of the Canadian Pulse and Special Crops Convention, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $1.6 million will be given to Pulse Canada. The money comes from the AgriAssurance Program. “Our industry is committed to innovation in products and services to increase markets for Canadian pulses, which deliver consistent quality,… Read More

Approaching two years since fumigation requirements were slapped on Canadian pulse imports following several years of being exempt, Canada and other export countries have been granted an extended reprieve. Announced July 2, the Government of India has extended “relaxation” of fumigation requirements to the end of 2019. Canada had long been exempt from the fumigation requirement,… Read More

When it comes to market access woes, the pulse industry has had its share. India “It was 2004 when India introduced some issues around stem and bulb nematode – so that’s fifteen years we’ve been working with India trying to get that issue resolved,” says Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada. “And of course India’s… Read More

The Canadian pulse industry is still waiting to hear from India’s government on how it will handle Canadian pulses shipped after September 30, 2017. The latest in a series of exemptions related to India’s fumigation requirement expired at the end of September. “We’re sitting here on the 4th of October and we haven’t heard from… Read More

In May 2017, the Government of Canada launched consultations towards the creation of a new food policy, something it says is “a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.” It’s also something the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), and others have been recommending… Read More

With seeding just two months away, Canada’s pulse crop industry is in limbo, facing the threat of not having access to its largest export market as of the end of March. India’s government says it will not extend a derogation (or an exemption) allowing pulses from Canada to be fumigated with methyl bromide upon arrival, rather than… Read More

The United Nations formally launched the “International Year of Pulses” at the headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome today. The international recognition aims to heighten public awareness about the role of pulses — dry beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas — in global food security, nutrition and environmental sustainability. Pulse Canada CEO… Read More