Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart is disappointed India is not exempting Canadian lentils from fumigation requirements.
Stewart said Saskatchewan lentil prices have dropped almost in half because of the trade action and farmers are unhappy.
“Well they’re very disappointed, red lentils went from somewhere in the high 20’s cents per-pound down to 15 or so now and that’s a huge loss for our producers and that’s primarily because of this issue,” Stewart said.
Stewart added the fumigation issue is a phony requirement, noting the pest is not found in Canada and the chemical treatment is illegal in this country.
Stewart is hoping India will lift the fumigation requirements in the new year after elections have been held.