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Canada’s Biggest Pulse Market in Doubt after India Rejects Extending Exemption

(Canadian Press)

Canada’s top export market for its multi-billion-dollar pea and lentil crops industry is in doubt after India rejected extending a long-standing exemption on pest treatments.

Federal Agriculture Minister spokesman Guy Gallant confirmed the Indian government has not granted another six-month exemption that would have crops fumigated on arrival, rather than before export, as has been allowed for more than a decade.

The decision puts Canada’s $1.5-billion worth of pulse exports to the country in jeopardy because the required treatment of methyl bromide doesn’t work in the cold and also is being phased out because it’s damaging to the ozone layer. Click here to read more.