While at the pulse and special crops convention earlier this week, Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart spoke to those in attendance about the provincial government’s commitment to the improvement of the pulse sector.
The convention, held in Regina this year, saw many producers exchange ideas to further improve yields in pulses and special crops.
Stewart said he’s glad the organizers chose Regina to host this event.
“This is the heartland for the production of all of these commodities that the (Canadian Special Crops Association) represents, so it’s very good news that they chose Regina to host their conference,” Stewart said. “They know that we’re a provincial government that’s very enthusiastic about what they do.”
While India is still imposing tariffs on Saskatchewan pulses, Stewart said he’s sure India will once again want pulses from this province someday soon.
“I’m sorry that they resorted to tariffs and things of that nature, we get it when they have over-production or lots of their own production, we’re not going to be selling into that market that particular year, but I think the tariffs are sort of like using a sledgehammer to kill a fly.”
Stewart later added the provincial government provides substantial funding for pulse and special crops research to improve results for Saskatchewan farmers.