David Anderson – Committee Evidence AGRI 52

David Anderson
Cypress Hills—Grasslands, Saskatchewan
Conservative
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food

Thank you, again, Mr. Chair.

Mr. Breton asked a question about the size of the industry. I had a bit of time to look it up here. Saskatchewan alone has 15,000 growers of lentils. There are almost 100 special crop processors in our province. Therefore, it makes a huge difference.

Its development has been fantastic, because there really weren’t many pulses grown from 1975 to 1980. I think their cash receipts for pulses generally were $50 million in 1980, $1.5 billion in my province in 2010, and it has grown significantly since then. Peas, lentils, and canola have been great success stories because we’ve had export markets; we have to export.

How long have you been working on the systems approach? You seem to indicate that you suggested it in 2016, but is this something that has been going on for 15 or 20 years and you’re finally able to start getting through to them, or have they changed their perspective such that they’re willing to consider this now? That seemed to be what you were indicating earlier. I’m interested in how long this has been proposed.