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Canada: Prince Edward Island potato disinfection dispute needs to be settled soon, says committee

Mitch MacDonald sprays down the inside of a truck heading to a potato farm near Souris.A legislative committee says it’s time a dispute over the potato disinfection service comes to an end and both sides of the debate come together immediately. The committee committee is recommending the Department of Agriculture and the Prince Edward Island Potato Board resume discussions. Under the program, trucks carrying potatoes are sprayed to help prevent bacterial ring rot. The debate began after the province announced earlier this fall that it will close the disinfection station in Borden-Carleton and remove mobile units by Dec. 31.It cited budgetary and scientific reasons for ending the service. More

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