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Pulse weekly outlook: Turkey’s record-level lentil imports expected to decrease

Country's domestic acreage expected up in 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Canadian lentil exports to Turkey reached unprecedented numbers in 2020. According to Statistics Canada data, Turkey imported 534,160 tonnes worth $355 million during the calendar year, making it the second-largest buyer of Canadian lentils behind India. Last year’s total nearly equalled the amount of lentils Canada exported to Turkey over the previous three […] Read more

Farmers arrive with blankets and mattresses for others at the site of a protest against farm laws at Ghaziabad, India on Jan. 29, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as India farm protesters widen blockade

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mumbai | Reuters — The United Nations human rights office called on Indian authorities and protesting farmers to exercise “maximum restraint” hours before the growers impose a nationwide road blockade on Saturday seeking a repeal of new agricultural laws. Tens of thousands of farmers have camped out on the outskirts of New Delhi for more […] Read more



Farmers prepare for a rally against India’s newly passed farm laws ahead of Republic Day at Singhu border near New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2021. (Photo: Reyters/Anushree Fadnavis)

Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capitol ahead of Republic Day

Farmers reject government's offer to suspend ag market reforms

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Delhi | Reuters — Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of Republic Day, and police said they were prepared to deal with the crowds. India marks its founding as a republic on Tuesday […] Read more


A farmer prays to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikh faith, at Singhu border near Delhi on Nov. 30, 2020, at the site of a protest against newly passed farm bills. (Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

India offers to suspend farm reforms

Farmers may call off protests

Reading Time: < 1 minute New Delhi | Reuters — India’s government on Wednesday offered to suspend implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered the biggest farmers’ protests in years, which farm union leaders said they would now consider calling off. The cornerstone of the reform, introduced in September, allows private buyers to deal directly with farmers. Angry […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: Green, yellow pea prices reach parity

Lower-priced green peas meet upwardly-mobile yellows

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Yellow and green pea prices in Western Canada have taken divergent paths to start 2021, with yellow peas on the rise and greens declining as values reach parity in many locations. Mike Jubinville of MarketsFarm Pro explained that while Canada’s pea exports suffered under yellow pea import restrictions implemented by India, China later […] Read more


Farmers participate in a tractor rally against newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on Jan. 7, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

India’s top court orders stay on farm laws that riled growers

Reading Time: < 1 minute New Delhi | Reuters — India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered an indefinite stay on the implementation of new agricultural laws that have triggered widespread protest from farmers, saying it wanted to protect farmers and would hear their objections. For more than a month, tens of thousands of farmers have camped on the outskirts of […] Read more

Farmers participate in a tractor rally against newly passed farm bills, on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on Jan. 7, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Indian government, farmers fail to break deadlock on ag market laws

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Delhi | Reuters — The Indian government and representatives of protesting farmers failed to reach an agreement on contentious new agriculture laws on Friday and said they will meet again in a week’s time. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi for over a month, […] Read more


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Pulse weekly outlook: Yellow pea prices stronger since harvest

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Yellow pea prices on the Prairies have shown strength since harvest, as they’ve seen an appreciable change in demand from India. Darwin Hamilton of Kalshea Commodities in Winnipeg said India is always looking to increase its pulse acres. But, in the event of shortages, it’s been turning to North America for yellow peas. […] Read more

Farmers attend a protest during a nationwide strike against newly passed farm bills at the Singhu border near Delhi on Dec. 8, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Anushree Fadnavis)

Indian opposition demands repeal of farm laws after protests

Reading Time: < 1 minute New Delhi | Reuters – India’s main opposition party pressed the government on Thursday to call a special parliamentary session to withdraw new agricultural laws that farmers say will leave them at the mercy of big corporations. Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader from the opposition Congress party, handed the president a copy of a petition […] Read more