February 5, 2018 - Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
With Canadian pulse exports nearing $3.4 billion in 2017, supporting the continued
growth of this sector is vital to achieving the Government of Canada's trade target
of growing agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.
Speaking today at a meeting with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Minister of Agriculture
and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced an investment of over $575,000 to Pulse
Canada for food service market research and development projects that will benefit
farmers and processors.
Under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing Program, Pulse Canada will receive $178,500
to explore new markets for pulses and pulse ingredients in China, Eastern Asia,
the United States and Canada. An additional investment of $221,680 under the same
program will go towards a project that focuses on promoting pulses to the Canadian
An investment of $175,721 was also provided to Pulse Canada through the Growing
Forward 2, AgriInnovation Program, towards pulse innovation in the Chinese market.
This project will help the industry expand the use of pulses in a wide range of
Chinese foods and investigate the health benefits of eating pulse snacks.
"Trade is vital for our agricultural industry and Canadian pulses are an integral
part of Canada's export strategy. Thanks to organizations like Pulse Canada, we
are a world leader in pulse exports. Government investments like these help build
prosperity for our sector, which helps strengthen our economy and creates good middle
class jobs for Canadians." - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture
"Collaboration between the Government of Canada and Pulse Canada will help the pulse
industry address our challenges and capture the opportunities that pulses offer
to farmers and consumers worldwide." - Lee Moats, Chair, Pulse Canada Board of Directors
- Canadian pulse production in 2017 was 7.1 million tonnes. The 5-year average for
Canadian pulse production is 6.5 million tonnes per year.
- The value of Canadian pulses exports is expected to reach $3.4 billion in 2017.
- Saskatchewan is the largest producer of peas, lentils and chickpeas and also produces
beans. Alberta produces beans under irrigation as well as peas, lentils and chickpeas.
Manitoba produces white and coloured beans, as well as peas and lentils.
- In July 2017, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture
reached agreement in principle on the key elements of the Canadian Agricultural
Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment that will set a solid foundation
for the future of Canada's farmers and food processors, and continue to help them
grow, innovate and prosper. The Partnership is set to launch on April 1, 2018.