Canada's pulse sector is working on a long term plan to diversify exports and create more domestic demand.
This is especially important in light of a 50 per cent tariff on pea imports by India, which was our largest pulse crop buyer last year.
"Ninety per cent of our yellow pea exports go to just three countries: India, China and Bangladesh," says Carl Potts, general manager of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers.
It is not much better for red lentils with 85 per cent going to five countries.
Potts says efforts have been ongoing to develop new markets for pulse crops.
"As an industry, we have a goal of trying to achieve 25 per cent of our domestic production moving into new uses by 2025"
About three million tonnes of new demand would have to be created to meet that goal.
Potts point to a number of pulse processing plants in the works, including a $400 million facility being built in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba by Roquette, a company based in France. It is slated to be up and running in 2019.