SPG Announces Funding for International Year of Pulses
November 03, 2014
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) is pleased to announce $250,000 of funding to the International Pulse Trade and Industries Confederation (CICILS-IPTIC) in support of the United Nations (UN) International Year of Pulses (IYP).
“IYP is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build awareness about pulses,” says Morgan Nunweiler, Chair of SPG Board of Directors. “It is a platform for the pulse industry to create increased utilization of pulses on a truly global scale, and SPG is excited to play a leadership role in developing new markets for Canadian pulses.”
In December of 2013 the UN General Assembly declared the year 2016 as International Year of Pulses. Under CICILS-IPTIC leadership, IYP will focus on the role pulses can play in addressing some of society’s greatest challenges such as human health and nutrition, productivity and environmental sustainability, as well as global food security.
Saskatchewan growers are leaders in supplying high quality food to a hungry world. Canada is the world’s largest exporter of pulses, and in 2013 Saskatchewan produced more than 95 per cent of Canada’s lentil and chickpea crop, and nearly two thirds of its pea crop.
SPG’s strategy is to make investments that continue to increase on-farm productivity and increase markets for Saskatchewan pulse farmers as both of these areas are invaluable to keeping pulse crops competitive with other crops for Saskatchewan producers. SPG continues to strongly support pulse market development through investment in work being undertaken by SPG and by Pulse Canada.
“Over the past 30 years, visionary Saskatchewan growers and industry have built a strong track record of game-changing investments that have resulted in tremendous growth in the pulse industry in Saskatchewan. Much of this success has been built on strong partnerships at the provincial, national, and international level,” explains Carl Potts, SPG’s Executive Director. "We believe IYP is one of those partnerships and is a platform on which we can take global demand for pulses to the next level.”
Accountable to and funded by growers, SPG’s strategic direction is guided by a seven member, grower-elected, Board of Directors. SPG’s mission is to provide leadership for a profitable Saskatchewan pulse industry through research, market development, and communications.
For more information please visit www.saskpulse.com or contact:
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
Director of Communications & Market Promotion