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Pulses: Western Bangladesh ramping up lentil acres

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, January 18 (CNS) – Farmers in the western region of Bangladesh are growing more lentils this year. According to a report on The Daily Sun, producers like the fact lentils cost less for cultivation and irrigation than other crops. The government is hopeful more domestic acreage will reduce import costs going forward.
Farmers in Queensland Australia are crossing their fingers in anticipation of Agriculture Minister David Littleproud’s visit to India later this week. Financial questions are mounting for producers in the region after India recently slapped a 30 per cent tariff on chickpea and lentil imports. Queensland produced 86 per cent of the country’s chickpea exports, according to a report on Littleproud is scheduled to arrive in India on Jan. 20.

The Dominican Republic has imposed tariff quotas on dry bean imports from the United States. Exporters will be allowed to ship just 15,280 tonnes of dry beans to the country duty-free in 2018. According to the U.S. Dry Bean Council the U.S. shipped 4,600 tonnes of dry beans to the Dominican Republic in the first two months of the current marketing year.
On the Canadian Prairies, Kabuli #1 chickpeas (10mm) are hanging steady at 74 to 75 cents per pound, according to the latest information from the Prairie Ag Hot Wire.
Laird #1 lentils are also holding firm at 33 to 36 cents per pound.
Green peas rose 25 cents and are now listed at C$7.00 to C$8.50 a bushel.
Great Northern beans are priced at 24.5 cents per pound.

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