Pulses: Pulse Australia recruits top scientist

Laird lentils. (PulseCanada.com)

CNS Canada –– Following are a few highlights in the Canadian and world pulse markets on Wednesday morning, Oct. 14.

• Pulse Australia has announced that world-renowned agronomist Paul McIntosh, who has vast experience working with crops in Queensland, will be joining their organization.

• Due to rising pulse prices in India, the government says it will start selling imported tur dal (yellow lentils) at 100 locations in Delhi, in an effort to bring prices down. The program, which involves the expanded use of imports, could be expanded to other locations in the future. The government says it is also taking action against hoarders and has imposed limits on those merchants who try to store pulse stocks beyond a ceiling.

• The United Nations’ “International Year of the Pulses” is set to begin in 2016 and crop groups are already preparing for added interest in the market.

• The chickpea harvest is winding up in many parts of Australia. So far results have been mixed with growers in central Queensland enjoying strong yields despite minimal rainfall.

• North Dakota is handing out 27 grants worth more than US$2.4 million to specialty farmers in its midst. The grants are aimed at boosting the production and processing of specialty crops in the state. Some of the crops included in the effort are dry peas, lentils and confection sunflowers.

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