Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart is hoping Prime Minister Trudeau can resolve a trade dispute with India next week.
Trudeau is in India on a week-long trade mission starting this Saturday.
Stewart wants removal of recently imposed 40 to 50 percent tariffs on Canadian pulse crops heading to India.
He says “I think they are in a dry spell right now and they may come up short a crop.”
“They’ll need to import, so it’s not good for them or us to impose tariffs that have to be removed by an act of their parliament, which can take some time.”
Stewart says India has been the biggest customer for Saskatchewan pulse crops.
He says the tariff is driving Saskatchewan farmers out of pulse crops and will reduce the supply dramatically unless the issue is resolved.
Pulse crop trade between Canada and India is worth over one billion dollars.