Overview about National Research Clusters
Since 2010, the Canadian pulse industry has benefited from participation in two national Pulse Science Research Clusters involving Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pulse Canada and all provincial pulse producer organizations (Alberta Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and the Ontario Bean Growers).
Addressing pulse industry priorities through these research clusters is helping to ensure the Canadian pulse industry continues to grow in a globally competitive fashion. In 1991 Canadian pulse growers produced less than one million tonnes of pulse crops. By 2015, this grew substantially and Canada exported 6 million tonnes of pulses worth nearly $4.2 billion, with Canada as the world’s largest producer of dry pea and the world’s largest exporter of dry pea and lentil.
In anticipation of a third research cluster under AAFC's next agriculture policy framework, the provincial pulse grower groups and Pulse Canada have commenced work on an application to request funding in 2018 to 2023.