Tag: Pulse Canada

$11.1 million announced for pulse research cluster

Federal minister of agriculture Lawrence MacAulay was at the University of Saskatchewan this week to announce $11.1 Million in funding for SaskPulse and Pulse Canada under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership, AgriScience Clusters. In addition, $7.2 million of industry matching funding will bring the total investment to over $18 million. At the press conference, held at… Read more »

Pulse Canada working to establish predictability in trade with India

India was the guest that was notable by its absence at the recent Pulse and Special Crops Convention at Regina. The country has pulled back substantially from the pulse market and, although there were few attendees from that area of world, India was mentioned often from the stage and in the corridors. Dale Leftwich had… Read more »

Pulse School: Pulse Canada’s 25 by 2025 market development strategy

Pulse Canada is always looking for ways to diversify markets, helping to create price stability for the commodity. In this episode of the Pulse School, field editor Dale Leftwich talks to Jackie Tenuta, director of market development for Pulse Canada, about the 25 by 2025 strategy. Tenuta explains “Essentially what it comes down to is finding… 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 Canada clarifies position laid out in rail shippers’ letter to the transport minister

Multiple organizations representing sectors that rely on railways, including Pulse Canada, sent a letter to Transport Minister Marc Garneau this week, urging the government to not intervene with measures focused on grain movement in Western Canada. “A singular emphasis on grain has the unintended but inevitable consequence of exacerbating rail service issues for other commodity… Read more »

Progress made on pulse priorities during PM’s trip to India, says Pulse Canada CEO

When assessing whether there was progress made on removing restrictions on Canadian pulse crops during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversy-filled trip to India last week, it’s a matter of defining what the expectations were, says the CEO of Pulse Canada. If the expectation was to simply have pulses on the agenda, it could be described… Read more »

India agrees to work on easing pulse fumigation requirements before end of 2018

India’s government has agreed to work with Canadian officials to ease pest-related restrictions on pulse imports before the end of this year. “India and Canada will work closely together to finalize an arrangement within 2018 to enable the export of Canadian pulses to India free from pests of quarantine importance, with mutually acceptable technological protocols,”… 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 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 »

Pulse Canada still waiting on word from India

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 »

Canada’s national food strategy ‘long overdue’

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 »

India takes “positive step” toward loosening looming restrictions on Canadian pulses

India’s government has taken a positive step toward resolving the uncertainty surrounding its rules for Canadian pulse crop shipments, according to Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Pulse Canada. Technically, India has required fumigation of imports at port of origin since 2004. Canadian peas and lentils have traditionally been exempt, as India has repeatedly issued six-month waivers for crops coming… Read more »

Pulse Canada Joins “Keep It Clean” Program

Pulse Canada has formally joined its national canola and cereal crop counterparts in supporting the “Keep It Clean” program. The awareness initiative aims to inform growers of the impact that on-farm production and storage decisions can have on meeting export market requirements. “Farmers recognize that responsible use of crop protection products is critical to keeping markets… Read more »

Pulse School: Sorting Out the Pulse Export Problem With India

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 »

UN Kicks Off International Year of Pulses

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 »