OTTAWA — Canadian pulse farmers are pondering if it is even worth planting peas and lentils this spring, as steep tariffs from their No. 1 customer cut deep into their profit margins.
However Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, hopes that if Canada can persuade India to stop requiring Canadian producers to douse their pulses in pesticides that are unnecessary on Canadian crops, it may improve the economics of the exports, even if the tariffs aren't lifted.
Import tariffs of 50 per cent on yellow peas and 33 per cent on lentils had an immediate effect on Canadian exports to India, which fell 92 per cent in the last two months of 2017, compared with the same time period a year earlier. India is the biggest foreign buyer of Canadian peas and lentils.