Statistics Canada is estimating chickpea production at 108,000 tonnes. As with most other pulse types, this report only lists total chickpea seeded acreage, and Statistics
Canada will only give a breakdown by type later in the year. As a result, it is difficult to
estimate an accurate production breakdown at this time.
Based on reported seeded acres earlier in the year, several types appear to have
significantly decreased production estimates. Regular Kabuli chickpeas seem to have the
largest decrease; production could be down over 60 per cent as farmers continue to favour
planting the Frontier variety, largely because of its tolerance to disease.
Ending chickpea stocks for 2008-09 are expected to decline mainly due to lower
production. However, prices are likely to be driven more by world influences, as Canada
is a relatively minor player in the global chickpea market.
— The FarmLink Market Insight was researched and produced by FarmLink Marketing Solutions, a marketing advisory service for Prairie farmers, and is published here with permission of the authors.