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Australia: Potato king digs in for spud war

The gloves are off in Western Australia’s potato wars with the State Government’s industry regulator preparing to take legal action against Spud Shed king Tony Galati over allegations he is manipulating the market by deliberately over-planting at the expense of smaller growers. Potato Marketing Corporation chief executive Peter Evans will meet Mr Galati to deliver a series of ultimatums as growers in the South West brace for more give-aways because of a huge oversupply. Mr Evans will ask Mr Galati to surrender all potatoes he grows over and above his allocated quota so the PMC can distribute them to charity. Full report

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