The government of India has introduced a second round of tariffs on pulse crop imports.
A 30 per cent duty on red lentils and chickpeas follows a 50 per cent duty on yellow peas announced in early November.
In a December 21st news release announcing the new duties, the Indian government stated they were established to protect domestic farmers from what it calls cheap imports.
A market analyst calls it another ''kick in the gut'' for Western Canadian pulse crop growers.
"Indian policy is opaque and hard to understand at all times, but their main purpose seems to be income support for farmers and not food security for urban and rural people who need food assistance," says Neil Townsend, a senior analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions.
India has been traditionally Canada's largest pulse export market, but Townsend says the tariffs are going to hurt sales.
"It's going to be a struggle for the remainder of 2017/2018 and well into 2018/2019. We might not see a real recovery in the demand base offshore, in other words India buying more, until the 2019/2020 marketing year."
It's expected Canadian farmers will seed less land to pulse crops next spring in response to the tariffs.
"I think that farmers really need to look at cost of production and profit per acre and those kinds of things, and maybe think about scaling back on some of the pulse crops."
India has been Canada's largest export market for yellow peas and red lentils. Saskatchewan is the largest pulse crop producing province in the country.