By: The Agri-Food Council
Fenugreek is a self-pollinated, small-seeded annual legume that has traditionally been grown as a spice and forage crop. Currently, there is a processing plant operating in the province that allows for diversified value-added production, presenting new opportunities for the crop in Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) were approached by fenugreek growers in Saskatchewan to include the crop under SPG's mandate. Under the guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture and the
Agri-Food Council, SPG conducted a vote of Saskatchewan fenugreek producers. The vote asked fenugreek producers if they supported the crop being added to SPG's mandate, as well as the establishment of a non-refundable levy.
Grower support was evident during the voting period. More than 87 per cent of Saskatchewan fenugreek growers cast a ballot, with 90.5 per cent in support of the proposed fenugreek plan.
Following the producer vote, on May 27, 2020, Agriculture Minister David Marit granted final approval for fenugreek to be added to SPG's mandate. This means:
- A levy will be applied to Saskatchewan-produced fenugreek. The levy will be mandatory, non-refundable and collected by SPG. Buyers will deduct the levy from each purchase at the first point of sale and then remit to SPG on a monthly basis;
- The levy rate will be consistent with all other commodities under SPG's mandate; and
- The SPG board will continue to operate in the same manner.
The collected levy will be invested back into fenugreek priorities to help advance the industry. This could include:
- Improvements in plant breeding and variety selection;
- Fungicide and herbicide research;
- Improvements in straw management and utilization;
- Improvements in rhizobium; and,
- Fertility trials.
For the full news release, please see the SPG news release.