Canadian pulse partners with Agriculture and Agri-Food
By Bakers Journal
By Bakers Journal
Aug. 19, 2013, MA – Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz announced that the Government of Canada will invest up to $15 million in funding, in partnership with the multimillion dollar grower check-off investment.
Pulses such as peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils play a significant role in Canada’s agriculture portfolio. Canada is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of pulses, with nearly $2 billion in exports reaching more than 150 countries each year.
“Research is key to ensuring Canada maintains its position as a global leader,” says Nick Sekulic, chair of Pulse Canada and commissioner of the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, in a media statement. “Consistently working to refine our product quality and improve production processes keeps us a step ahead of our competitors."
Lee Moats, vice-chair of Pulse Canada and a director on Saskatchewan Pulse Growers' Board thanks the government's support. "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 Moats, in a press release. “This funding will augment existing research investments to advance the sustainable production and profitability of the Canadian pulse industry.”
Projects will serve to strengthen the industry by delivering:
- Improved varieties of pulses with superior agronomic, quality and disease-resistance characteristics
- Support for growers, and improved management practices resulting in maximum yield, minimum disease, efficient use of fertilizers, and farm sustainability
- Enhanced knowledge of pulse ingredient composition, functionality and use in commercial food product applications
- Increased knowledge of the health benefits of pulse consumption, including impact on satiety, food intake, blood sugar control and gut health leading to greater marketing opportunities.