Canada has developed a multi-billion dollar pulse and special crops industry. Canadian production of the eight major pulse and special crops (pea, lentil, bean, and chickpea) increased from about 1,000,000 tonnes in the early 1990s to 5.7 million tonnes in 2014.
Saskatchewan is at the heart of the Canadian pulse industry. With approximately 15,000 pulse growers and 95 special crop processors in Saskatchewan, the sector plays a significant role in the overall fortunes of the province’s agricultural industry. In 2014, Saskatchewan’s farmers grew 96 per cent of Canada’s lentil crop, 99 per cent of its chickpea crop, and 64 per cent of its dry pea crop.
Historical Timeline of the Saskatchewan Pulse Industry