Originally published in the Western Producer, February 2016
Canadian pulse exports to India have increased over the past two years because of a decline in the Asian country’s domestic production.
India had taken 53 percent of Canada’s red lentil exports and 25 percent of its green lentil exports in the first five months of the crop year, according to Statistics Canada. It took 51 percent of its pea exports.
Chandrashekhar, economic adviser to the Indian Merchants Chamber and former commodities editor of the Hindu Business Line, said the gap between the country’s production and consumption will continue to increase unless it addresses the short- and long-term issues at play within its broken agriculture system, which isn’t likely to happen soon.