India is forecasting an average monsoon rainfall this year, making the chance of India importing Canadian pulse crops slim. | File photo

Indian monsoon forecast not good news for Canadian pulses

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – India is forecasting an average monsoon rainfall this year, making the chance of India importing Canadian pulse crops slim. “Given the tariff scheme and the protectionist attitudes India has displayed this year, I think it will take a major weather influence to hurry up the correction to (imports),” said Marlene Boersch, […] 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 50 percent import duty on peas will likely reduce Canadian acres but one analyst expects the lower prices will attract new buyers.
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Falling pea, lentil prices likely to take toll on acreage: analysts

Pulse acres are expected to plunge next year, losing ground to competing crops like canola and wheat, say analysts. Brian Clancey, editor of Stat Publishing, forecasts that peas will be down about one million acres in the wake of India slapping a 50 percent import duty on the crop. He said with India unlikely to […] 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


Low pulse exports create market anxiety

Sluggish pulse sales to India have some analysts forecasting bourgeoning carryout while others believe there is no cause for alarm. Bulk pea sales are 35 percent below last year’s pace, while bulk lentil shipments are 42 percent behind, according to Canadian Grain Commission statistics. “We’ve been getting rather used to being very front-end loaded where […] 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


James Cameron, left, Suzy Amis Cameron and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall tour a new pulse plant in Vanscoy, Sask., Sept. 18 in which the Camerons have invested.  |  Brian Cross photo

Hollywood couple invests in Sask. pulse processor

VANSCOY, Sask. — Academy award winning film director James Cameron made a stop in farming country this week to announce the opening of a new multi-million dollar pulse processing plant at Vanscoy, Sask., about 20 minutes west of Saskatoon. The 160,000 tonnes fractionation facility will be part of Verdient Foods Inc., a business that was […] Read more

Canadian pulse growers expect slower than normal exports this year because of excess stocks in key markets.  |  File photo

Pulse exports off to slow start

Peas and lentils are not going to be flying out the door right off the combine like they have the last couple of years, says a major processor and exporter of the crops. An oversupply of domestically produced pulses in key markets such as India and Turkey has resulted in a poor finish to the […] Read more