The president of APAS says it’s too early to judge whether or not Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to India was a success or a failure.
India has imposed tariffs of 40%-50% on Canadian pulse crops in order to protect local farmers. During the trip, there was some thought Trudeau could make some headway on the issue.
Todd Lewis says at this point, nothing is concrete, but is pleased to hear talks are ongoing about the matter.
“On the fumigation issue, which is the wrong tariff, big barrier, hopefully they’ve done some work on that,” says Lewis. “It’s my understanding there might be some science based protocol coming out of these meetings they had last week, so hopefully that comes to fruition.”
The Indian market is an essential one Saskatchewan pulse crops, worth over a billion dollars a year.