The Canadian authorities introduced Tuesday, February 8, 2022, that desk potatoes from Prince Edward Island would start shifting into Puerto Rico starting right this moment, February 9.

Potato motion from the island province to the U.S. and even different provinces has been on maintain since late November, 2021, after the Canadian Meals Inspection Company (CFIA) stopped exports as a result of stress by the U.S. relating to potato wart fungus discovering earlier within the yr.

Right now, approval for potato motion applies to Puerto Rico solely, not the continental U.S. The American territory is a significant purchaser of P.E.I potatoes.

The U.S. Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Service is combing via added knowledge supplied by CFIA forward of schedule; the extra monitoring and survey knowledge was requested by APHIS forward of permitting each processing and desk potatoes throughout the border.

Additionally at difficulty are seed inventory potatoes from P.E.I — motion of which out the province was additionally suspended in November.

Potatoes are a perishable crop and a yr’s harvest is normally offered earlier than Could or June of a brand new rising season. With no market, the federal government did present funding to cowl shifting P.E.I potatoes to meals banks and different home markets.

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