India’s rising incomes, increased popluation and a growing desire to eat plant based protein is driving the demand for pulses, including lentils and peas.
The Prairies’ dry, fast draining soil and short growing season is perfect for growing pulses. Canadian pulse farmers, primarily in Saskatchewan, are enjoying premium prices in world markets.
The demand has transformed Canada’s prairies, traditionally know as wheat growers. According to the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan has almost doubled the number of acres planted with lentils and peas since 2002, currently at 7.5 million acres.
Growing pulses also has agronomic benefits to the soil and other crops adding nitrogen back into the soil and break cycles of disease. It’s good news all around for farmers who grow pulses.
Find out more about this cash crop by reading the Globe and Mail article.
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