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Pulse Report: Australian ag minister travels to India

By Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, Jan. 10 (CNS) – The federal and Saskatchewan
governments announced Tuesday at CropSphere in Saskatoon, Sask.
that they have contributed C$7.7 million to crop-related
research through the Agriculture Development Fund. Thirty crop
research projects will receive funding, including one studying
better control for root rot in pea and lentil crops and another
studying increased use of fababeans in pet food and fish
The South Dakota Pulse Processors have won a key approval
for leniency on a US$700,000 rail sliding loan from the Hughes

County Regional Rail Authority, according to a report in the
Capital Journal. The South Dakota Pulse Processors plant at
Harrold, S.D. started operating a year ago however it faced
money issues and almost closed. The Rail Authority voted 3-0 to
support the group’s request to extend the terms of the loan,
which means the loan period will be extended by an extra year to
Australia’s Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud
is travelling to India in an attempt to resolve a dispute over
tariffs on pulse crops, according to a report by the Australia
Broadcasting Corporation. Last year India placed several import
tariffs on pulses. According to the minister the government has
been working hard to negotiate a deal for Australian farmers
with India, he hopes the trip will help the countries to reach a
long-term solution. The government as well has been seeking
alternative markets for Australian pulse crops.

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