Pulse Report: “Super bean” to help hunger-prone Africa

By Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, Dec. 11 (CNS) – Researchers have developed a so-
called “super bean,” a fast-maturing, high-yield variety, which
is being promoted by Uganda’s government and agriculture experts
amid efforts to feed hunger-prone parts of Africa, according a
report from the Associated Press. The International Center for
Tropical Agriculture says the beans have been bred by
conventional means to resist the drought conditions that can
lead to starvation as arable land disappears. Aid workers hope
the beans will encourage the refugees to grow their own food

rather than rely on handouts.
An Australian-based company, Blue Ribbon Seed and Pulse
Exporters Pty Ltd, has gone into liquidation following an
application from Bean Growers’ Australia, filed last month in
the Supreme Court of Queensland, according to graincentral.com.
This step may see the company transition to new ownership. Blue
Ribbon has been a key exporter of Australian mung beans and
supplies established markets with seeds, speciality flours and
other pulses.
Pulse prices are holding steady in Western Canada,
according to the latest data available from the Prairie Ag
Hotwire. Laird #2 lentil bids are sitting at 27 to 30 cents per
pound. Desi #1 chickpea bids are at 27.5 to 28 cents per pound.
Yellow pea bids are at C$5 to C$7 per bushel.

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