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Australia: Spud Shed owner going to court

The Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC) is taking Spud Shed owner, Tony Galati to the Supreme Court after failed negotiations about Galati growing more potatoes than the corporation allows. Galati was in breach of the 2013 document he signed with the terms of a commercial agreement which included how much he is allowed to grow. Galati’s lawyer, Doug Solomon said the “vague” 2013 document was not binding and the regulator had breached competition laws by trying to force Mr Galati to raise prices. Lawyer for the PMC, Patricia Cahill, said Mr Galati seemed to think he was free to adjust supply, demand and prices across the State by himself. Mr Galati is allowed to produce about 6000 tonnes of potatoes annually under the quota system. Outside court, he vowed to fight to the end for cheaper potatoes for West Australians. Mr Galati said he could not believe he had been dragged into the Supreme Court and could not grow potatoes for his own shops. Source: FreshPlaza

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