Pulse industry stakeholders have identifed the following national and provincial scientific research priorities for a profitable and sustainable pulse industry in Canada:
-> To increase pulse yields by 20% by 2027, concomitant with low cost of production and improved nutritional quality
-> To have a pulse crop option for every arable acre in Canada by 2027.
-> To increase utilization of pulses: -
As whole food by 10% by 2023;
- As ingredients in product categories such as analogues and extruded products by 5-10% by 2023;
- As ingredients in new markets such as pet food (20%), aquafeed (10%), and other industrial uses (10%) by 2023.
The Canadian pulse industry has invited the Canadian scientific community to submit innovative research proposals that align with one or more of the folloiwng pulse industry strategic research priorities:
Whole Pulse Production and Quality:
- Research in advanced and disruptive genetic improvement approaches, agronomy and best management practices, and technologies that will increase pulse yields, reduce production contstraints and costs, and improve the quality of Canadian pulses for existing and new markets, and assit the pulse sector in addressing climate change.
Pulse Ingredient Processing:
- Pre-competitive research that will explore new technologies or approaches to address pulse utilization challenges and questions.
- Pre-competitive research on genetic products that will fuel interest in new uses and marketing opportunities for pulses, and will include research partnerships with companies to accelerate pulse product commercialization worldwide.
Benefits of Dietary Patterns that include Pulse Consumption:
- Theoretical modelling and/or clinical research data that will substantiate impacts of pulses on food affordability and security, diet quality, human health outcomes, health care costs and the environment.