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Port of Halifax promoting pulse capabilities at Saskatoon trade show

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HALIFAX, N.S. -- The Port of Halifax is promoting its ability to handle grain and pulse products at Saskatchewan Pulse Days and the Western Canadian Crop Production Show, held this week in Saskatoon.

Pulses, which include special crops such as peas, beans, lentils and various seed products, have become a multi-billion-dollar export from Canada, according to port officials.

“The Port of Halifax has the right combination of infrastructure and connections to important emerging markets to handle these products,” said Patrick Bohan, manager of business development for the Halifax Port Authority. “Participating in these two shows provides us with the opportunity to connect with shippers directly and to promote Halifax’s ability to connect shippers to the top markets for these products.”

The production of pulse products has increased in Canada and has grown approximately fivefold in the past 20 years, according to Port of Halifax officials, with an estimated 4.3 million tonnes of pulse products worth approximately $5 billion dollars exported by Canada in 2011. Products are exported to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and South America.

“The combination of our bulk storage and transload positions Halifax as a key export gateway for the growing agrifood business,” added Bohan.

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