Pulse cultivation in Argentina
Argentina has around 600,000 hectares under pulses cultivation and an average production of 660,000 tons. The main products are Black Beans, Chick Peas, Green Mung Beans and Lentils. Salta and Jujuy provinces contribute over 50% of the pulses production with Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Tucuman and Cordoba contributing between 10% to 15% each. Almost 97% of their production is exported. In the year 2016, Argentina exported 654,000 tons of pulses out of which 86,000 tons of Chickpeas, 136,000tons of Peas and 10,000 tons of Beans were exported to India. They have shown keen interest in producing Pigeon Peas, Black Matpe, and Red Lentils. The Argentinian NPPO, called, Senasa, has already approved the import of Red Lentil seeds from Canada and they expect to start the production in the near future.