(Kelvin Heppner – Real Agriculture)
India’s government has agreed to work with Canadian officials to ease pest-related restrictions on pulse imports before the end of this year.
“India and Canada will work closely together to finalize an arrangement within 2018 to enable the export of Canadian pulses to India free from pests of quarantine importance, with mutually acceptable technological protocols,” says a joint statement issued by both countries after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Friday.
While other aspects of Trudeau’s trip to India have drawn plenty of negative publicity, Canada’s pulse crop industry was hoping the prime minister would urge India to remove its tariff and non-tariff trade barriers on pulse imports. India — Canada’s largest pulse crop export market — recently implemented 30 to 50 percent import tariffs on peas, lentils and chickpeas to protect domestic farmers against competing supplies. Click here to read more.
- India-Canada Joint Statement: Partnership for Security and Growth (PMO)
- Trudeau’s India Trip a Partial, Not Unmitigated, Disaster (Toronto Star)
- Push for Plant-Based, Protein-Rich Foods Could Put Canadian Farmers on Top (CP)