OTTAWA, ON – PEI farmers put all the pieces that they’ve into their crops and lots of households’ livelihoods rely on this trade. I do know the disruption to commerce because of the United States’ issues over potato wart has touched the lives of so many Islanders, from multi-generational household farms, to packers, processors, shippers, and extra.
What ought to have been an excellent 12 months for PEI—a bumper crop and beneficial market circumstances—has become an extremely troublesome one.
While restored commerce with Puerto Rico will convey aid to some farmers, the border stays closed to many. We know there’s extra work forward, and that’s the reason we are going to proceed to have interaction at each degree with the Americans to additional restore commerce for PEI potatoes to the United States. Unfortunately, we’ve got come to the purpose the place a number of the surplus potatoes are beginning to be destroyed.
Through the Surplus Potato Management Response plan, we’re diverting as many potatoes as attainable to meals banks, dehydration crops, processors, and different markets to reduce the quantity of surplus potatoes that have to be destroyed. For potatoes that can not be diverted, producers will obtain as much as 8.5 cents a pound to help with the prices of destruction of potatoes in an environmentally sound method. I’m grateful for the assistance of the PEI Potato Board for the assets they’ve dedicated to this effort, and for his or her position in being the supply accomplice.
To PEI farmers, and to all Islanders, please know that we’re doing all in our energy to assist you and restore commerce. I cannot relaxation till the U.S. border is re-opened to PEI potatoes.
Source : Cision