The federal government is investing $8.3 million into pulse industry research and development, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said April 8.
“On behalf of Canadian pulse farmers, processors and exporters, I want to thank the federal government for their continued support and investment in our industry,” said Barry Grabo, chair of Pulse Canada. “This funding will allow us to foster innovation through research on everything from pulse production to increased utilization in food products and it will help us ensure competitive market access for Canadian pulses in markets around the world.”
A total of $7 million will allow Pulse Canada to lead research by more than 100 scientists from industry, government and universities across Canada. Funded through the Pulse Cluster, this research will study ways to increase the productivity and nutrition of pulse crops, improve the rotational benefits to other crops and grow markets through new ways of processing and using pulses.
“This announcement reflects the partnership between government and industry to ensure the Canadian pulse industry remains competitive on the production side and continues to build demand through a wide range of work, including processing pulses for use in a variety of food products,” said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada.
Another $1.3 million of funding will allow Pulse Canada to develop access strategies for new utilization opportunities for pulses and ensure competitive access to world markets. Over 75 per cent of Canadian pulse production is exported to more than 150 countries, accounting for 40 per cent of the global pulse trade.