Pulses: Clock ticking on Pakistani lentil farmers

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By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada


Winnipeg, November 7 (CNS) – Agriculture experts in Pakistan have told farmers in the country they should start seeding lentils immediately. A spokesman for the country’s agriculture department says producers should complete the work by November 15 in order to maximize yields. The advice comes just as the Pakistani government informed its national assembly that the country is facing a water crisis. Some estimates say there could be a 20 percent water shortage during the Rabi season.

A deadly frost in southeastern Australia is expected to damage pulse yields. A report from Stockjournal.com says the losses could run up to 30 percent in pulse crops across the Wimmera Plains. Lentils and chickpeas are expected to be the worst hit. The frost was recorded on November 3.

Increased demand from domestic retailers has hiked pulse prices in central and northern India. Restrictions in arrivals from certain producing belts of the country was a contributing factor to the spike in demand, according to a report on India.com.

The USDA has purchased 4,330 tonnes of pinto beans and 2,046 tonnes of lentils for export to Guatemala and Tanzania.

Laird #1 lentils in Western Canada are hanging steady in a range of 36 to 44 cents per pound, according to the latest information from the Prairie Ag Hotwire.

Kabuli chickpeas (10mm) are priced at 65 to 69 cents a pound.

Bids for Navy beans are going for 29.5 cents per pound.