NANTON, ALBERTA, CANADA — Taslar Trading Corp., a processor and exporter of pulses and other grains, is seeking to expand with a C$2 million grain processing plant in Nanton, according to an article in the Hanna Herald.

According to the newspaper, Taslar has submitted a funding application to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program in support of the project. The company is expected to find out whether the project has been approved and if it will qualify for up to C$250,000 in funding at a city council meeting scheduled for Aug. 25.

“If they don’t approve it, it will give us a little bit of hesitation,” Hasan Taslar, managing director of Taslar Trading Corp., told the Hanna Herald. “It’s an indication, are they going to be supportive down the road, or they simply don’t care.”

If the funding isn’t approved, Taslar said the company may consider delaying the project, relocating to Saskatchewan or seeking to do a scaled-down expansion.

Taslar told the Hanna Herald that the new processing plant would have the initial capacity to process around 20,000 tonnes of product, with the space to accommodate as much as 60,000 tonnes if needed.

Taslar Trading Corp. is licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission and is seeking to secure a license to buy grain directly from farmers. The company has offices and facilities in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company’s products include flax seeds, lentils, beans, peas and canary seeds.