Feds heav­ily in­vest in pulse sec­tor

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Agriculture -

Canada is a world lead­ing pro­ducer of pulses, ac­count­ing for $2.5 bil­lion in far­m­gate re­ceipts and $3.4 bil­lion in ex­ports to 126 coun­tries in 2017.

Sept. 11, the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food, Lawrence Ma­cAulay, an­nounced a fed­eral in­vest­ment of up to $11.1 mil­lion to the Saskatchewan Pulse Grow­ers’ and Pulse Canada un­der the Cana­dian Agri­cul­tural Part­ner­ship, AgriS­cience Clus­ters.

Build­ing on two pre­vi­ous re­search clus­ters, this in­vest­ment in­cludes an ad­di­tional $7.2 mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions from in­dus­try, for a to­tal in­vest­ment of over $18 mil­lion. The Clus­ter will fo­cus on a series of themes: im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity of new pulse crops, ad­dress­ing threats to the value chain, ex­plor­ing the health ben­e­fits of pulses and de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tions in pulse in­gre­di­ent pro­cess­ing and food prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. Fund­ing un­der the clus­ter will en­able uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try to un­der­take new re­search ac­tiv­i­ties, and hire fac­ulty mem­bers and sum­mer stu­dents in­clud­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchewan.

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.

The Gov­ern­ment is also sup­port­ing the pulse sec­tor through the Pro­tein In­dus­tries Su­per­clus­ter, part of the In­no­va­tion Su­per­clus­ters Ini­tia­tive an­nounced in Bud­get 2017. The Pro­tein In­dus­tries Su­per­clus­ter will use plant ge­nomics and novel pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy to in­crease the value of key Cana­dian crops, such as canola, wheat and pulses that are cov­eted in high-growth for­eign mar­kets, such as China and In­dia, as well as to sat­isfy grow­ing mar­kets in North Amer­ica and Europe for plant­based meat al­ter­na­tives and new food prod­ucts.

Sept. 11’s an­nounce­ment is part of Min­is­ter Ma­cAulay’s 'Grow­ing Cana­dian Agri­cul­ture' tour, where he will meet with farm­ers, pro­ces­sors and in­dus­try lead­ers, as well as

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