Monsanto has been involved in a long-running battle in India over royalties paid by local seed companies for its GM cotton. | Reuters photo

Monsanto loses Indian legal battle over GM cotton patents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A court ruled on Wednesday that Monsanto cannot claim patents on its genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds in India, the Indian company that brought the case said. Citing an Indian law that excludes seeds from being patented, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) argued that the U.S. seeds company was not eligible to […] Read more

An increase in India's chickpea levies made big news last week, but the bulk of Canadian acres weren't affected. | File photo

New Indian chickpea duty not a hard hit

An increase in India’s chickpea levies made big news last week, but the bulk of Canadian acres weren’t affected. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. The levy went to 30 percent without notice in December, 40 percent in February and now 60 percent. It appears to only affect desi chickpeas. “As we understand […] Read more

 
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier (right) meets with representatives from the India Pulse and Grain Association and Alberta’s New Delhi Office at the 2018 Pulse Conclave in New Delhi. | Alberta government supplied photo

Alberta’s India trip showing some results

The Alberta government and some farmers say their recent trip to India is bearing fruit despite little movement on the tariff issue between both countries. The province announced Feb. 26 that a number of initiatives are in the works since Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier returned from India. Carlier went to the country in mid-February to […] Read more


In in a joint press release from Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, it stated the prime ministers both see the importance of ensuring access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. | Twitter/@narendramodi photo

Agreement with India reached over pulse fumigation

WINNIPEG — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reached an agreement with the Indian government over pulse fumigation issues during his state visit to India. In in a joint press release from Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, it stated the prime ministers both see the importance of ensuring access to sufficient, safe […] Read more

India is introducing 30 per cent tariffs on imports of chickpeas and lentils, the government announced today. | File photo

India imposes duties on chickpeas and lentils

WINNIPEG — India is introducing 30 per cent tariffs on imports of chickpeas and lentils, the government announced today. The import duties follow the 50 percent tariff on yellow peas that India introduced in November, and come as part of ongoing efforts by India to support farmers. “Production of chana (chickpeas) and masoor (lentils) are […] Read more


A worker sifts wheat inside the market yard of the Agriculture Product Marketing Committee on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad in this photo from 2010. Indian wheat production is expected to jump next year.  |  REUTERS/Amit Dave photo

India’s rising wheat, pulse output likely to curb imports

MUMBAI, India (Reuters) — India’s production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump next year because a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials said. Higher production will help the south Asian country reduce imports of pulses in the […] Read more

India's production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump in 2018 as a hike in the government's assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials told Reuters. | File photo

India’s wheat, pulses output seen rising, to curb imports-trade

MUMBAI, Nov 29 (Reuters) — India’s production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump in 2018 as a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials told Reuters. Higher production will help the south Asian country reduce imports of pulses […] Read more

Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, said federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has been conspicuously quiet about Canada being blocked out of its top yellow pea market.  | File photo

Minister slammed on Indian pea duty

Ottawa has been far too silent about India suddenly slapping a 50 percent duty on pea imports, says a pulse crop analyst. Marlene Boersch, managing partner with Mercantile Consulting Venture, said federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has been conspicuously quiet about Canada being blocked out of its top yellow pea market. “Where the hell is […] Read more


India nixes Canada’s exemption on pulse fumigation fee

Pulse shipments to Canada’s top customer suddenly got more expensive, at least temporarily. Canada and other exporters have received a fumigation derogation from India allowing them to ship pulses without fumigating them with methyl bromide until Dec. 31, 2017. That derogation came with a stipulation they would have to pay five times the regular inspection […] Read more

Pulse shipments to Canada's top customer suddenly got more expensive, at least temporarily. | File photo

Canada’s exemption on pulse fumigation fee expires

Pulse shipments to Canada’s top customer suddenly got more expensive, at least temporarily. Canada and other exporters have received a fumigation derogation from India allowing them to ship pulses without fumigating them with methyl bromide until Dec. 31, 2017. That derogation came with a stipulation they would have to pay five times the regular inspection […] Read more