Saudi Arabia says it will not be buying any Canadian wheat or barley, as a diplomatic dispute between the two countries spills over into the grain market.
On the weekend, Canada criticized Saudi Arabia for detaining female bloggers and activists.
The Saudi government responded with a number of political and economic sanctions, including a notice to stop all purchases of Canadian wheat and barley.
It’s not a big deal for wheat, but the Saudi’s are a traditional buyer of Canadian feed barley.
Last year, the Saudis purchased 135-thousand metric tonnes of feed barley during the 2017-18 crop year, about seven percent of total feed barley exports.
The president of Cereals Canada, Cam Dahl says the Saudis did not provide any clues about how long the measures will continue.
But he says any market is important for Saskatchewan farmers and the trade action is unfortunate.