“As it reads, it looks like it would severely impact the ability to do any type of pulse business there,” said Mac Ross, director of market access and trade policy at Pulse Canada.
Pulse Canada is still seeking clarity from Canadian government officials on the “sudden and unexpected” policy shift but the policy change bodes ill for Canadian farmers.
“It is likely going to make any type of pulse business extremely difficult,” said Ross.
India is the top buyer of Canadian lentils. The country purchased nearly one million tonnes of the crop in 2020 and imported another 132,432 tonnes up to May 31 this year.