Federal Funding for Pulses

August 12, 2013

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced up to $15 million in funding for Pulse Canada to lead a “research cluster” to enhance the sector’s competitiveness and increase the demand for Canadian pulses.  The research cluster’s projects will include: improved varieties of pulses with superior agronomic, quality and disease-resistance characteristics; support for growers, and improved management practices resulting in maximum yield, minimum disease, efficient use of fertilizers, and farm sustainability; enhanced knowledge of pulse ingredient composition, functionality and use in commercial food product applications; and increased knowledge of the health benefits of pulse consumption, including impact on satiety, food intake, blood sugar control and gut health, leading to greater marketing opportunities.