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

Canadian pulse exports to India won't incur higher fumigation charges. | File photo

India’s pulse fumigation exemption avoids penalties

Canadian pulse exports to India won’t incur higher fumigation charges. The Asian country had extended its fumigation exemption last week, saying exports leaving Canada on or before Sept.30 would not require fumigation. However, the June 29 announcement sparked concerns over possible added fees that Canadian exporters might incur because it had said pulses that were […] Read more


India has posted draft amendments to a plant quarantine order that had previously threatened to derail exports to Canada's top pulse market. | File photo

India may move on fumigation issue

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers says there has been a positive development in an ongoing market access issue with India. India has posted draft amendments to a plant quarantine order that had previously threatened to derail exports to Canada’s top pulse market. The document suggests India is willing to recognize and accept Canada’s systems approach to dealing […] Read more

A woman picks up a sack of subsidized food at a fair price shop in India. India’s subsidy program is geared toward poor and malnourished citizens. The country’s middle and upper class are better able to afford pulses.  |  Reuters photo

India’s subsidy program doesn’t include pulses

Pulses too costly | Pulse Canada is working with the Indian government to help get pulses to poor citizens

India’s lower house of Parliament has approved a large food subsidy bill designed to address rampant starvation and malnutrition in that country. The National Food Security Bill, 2013, will provide heavily subsidized food to two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 billion citizens. Beneficiaries of the program will receive five kilograms of subsidized rice, wheat and coarse […] Read more


India is wetter than normal for this time of year but analysts say the harvest of pulses and cereals have not seen significant damage yet.  |  File photo

India’s harvest rain damage questioned

Good production outlook | Warm temperatures will offset wet conditions, says analyst

One of the world’s leading pulse processors thinks harvest rain could be damaging India’s rabi (winter) crop. “From market reports we receive, as well as the media, conditions look, in our estimation, to be impaired in the current rabi season, as they were in the kharif season when the monsoon rains were deemed deficient,” said […] Read more

Poor Indian pea crop may boost lentils

India’s pigeon pea crop appears to be in trouble, which is good news for Canadian green lentil growers, say pulse crop analysts. Seeding as of July 20 was 16 percent behind last year’s pace and 13 percent behind the long-term average, according to India’s ministry of agriculture. Monsoon rains are rated normal in the eastern […] Read more