WINNIPEG -- According to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Canadian dry pea exports between August and November of 2016 were 1.65 million tonnes. That is 26 percent more than the previous year. Total exports for 2016/17 are expected to hit a record 3.2 million tonnes and hold steady in 2017/18.
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The total amount of lentils exported from Canada is expected to decline to 2.0 million tonnes due to waning demand from India. Going forward however, that number is expected to rise to 2.3 million in 2017-18.
Chickpea exports will also fall to 95,000 tonnes from the 151,000 tonnes exported in 2015/16. Looking ahead to 2017/18, that number should continue to fall to 80,000 tonnes.
Prices for yellow peas in Western Canada vary by roughly C$20 a tonne, depending on the region. According to the Alberta Wheat Commission, prices on Monday were anywhere from C$281 per tonne in Eastern Manitoba to C$302 per tonne in Northern Alberta.
Falling water tables near the centre region of India’s east coast are worrying local farmers. According to a report by The Times of India, nearly 1,000 water tanks used for small-scale irrigation have gone dry and rain is badly needed. The area is home to a large amount of lentils.
SOURCE Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada
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