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New opportunities not enough for pulse exports

While it works to diversify, Canada shouldn’t neglect its old standbys, says one expert

Canada must address barriers to major export markets while finding new opportunities for its pulse crops, one expert told producers at a Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers meeting on Jan. 29. “We’re still in a transition phase before a full realization of these new opportunities for pulses,” said Mac Ross, director of market access and trade policy with

Pulses: Frost damage reported in Victoria

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, January 19 (CNS) – The USDA has raised its production estimates for the United States chickpea crop in 2017. The agency pegged the harvest at 315,603 tonnes. That compares to just 250,000 tonnes the year before. Bigger calibre varieties constituted a large amount of the crop, coming

Pulses: Western Bangladesh ramping up lentil acres

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, January 18 (CNS) – Farmers in the western region of Bangladesh are growing more lentils this year. According to a report on The Daily Sun, producers like the fact lentils cost less for cultivation and irrigation than other crops. The government is hopeful more domestic acreage will

Pulses: Australian pulse farmers ponder acreage

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, January 17 (CNS) – Farmers in Australia are beginning to plan out their next crop. However, many are wondering how many pulses to plant now that India has slapped crippling sanctions on them. A report on says many farmers may wait to the last minute to

Pulses: Australian exporter calls it quits

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, January 16 (CNS) – Untimely rains and other environmental factors are crimping some of Brazil’s bean crops, according to CONAB. The agency forecast a reduction of Brazil’s black bean crop by 4.3 per cent for the year. Cowpeas were also expected to suffer slightly lower production due

Pulse Report: Pulse crop acres increase in India

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 12 (CNS) – The Myanmar pulse industry is branching out and trying to attract a new market in China, according to a report in the Myanmar Times. A delegation from Myanmar travelled to China on Jan. 8 where they held the Myanmar Beans and Pulses Market Promotion Forum

Pulse Report: Canadian pulse pasta company expands

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 11 (CNS) – The South Dakota Pulse Growers (SDPG) in partnership with the South Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota Pulse Council are hosting a seminar on growing peas, chickpeas and lentils in Fort Pierre, S.D., according to a posting on The seminar will be held

Pulse Report: Australian ag minister travels to India

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 10 (CNS) – The federal and Saskatchewan governments announced Tuesday at CropSphere in Saskatoon, Sask. that they have contributed C$7.7 million to crop-related research through the Agriculture Development Fund. Thirty crop research projects will receive funding, including one studying better control for root rot in pea and lentil

Pulse Report: India tariffs affecting Manitoba seed sales

By Commodity News Service Canada Winnipeg, Jan. 8 (CNS) – According to a seed retailer in western Manitoba India’s decisions to put import tariffs on certain pulse crops last year is affecting seed sales. The story on quoted Simon Ellis, co-owner of Ellis Seeds, as saying that farmers have told him they are waiting