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Australia: Premier ‘ignoring’ potato woes

Barnett ‘ignoring’ potato woesWest Australia’s potato growers have accused Colin Barnett of turning a blind eye to their plight despite warnings about the future of an industry in limbo. Potato Growers Association of WA chief executive Ross Taylor fired a parting shot at the Premier after standing down from his role this week. Mr Taylor said Mr Barnett had refused to meet the PGAWA or act on its blueprint for immediate deregulation accompanied by a $24 million assistance package despite saying publicly he was willing to consider industry proposals on the issue. Growers have been forced to dump about 1400 tonnes of potatoes over the past three months as the regulated marketing system unravels around them. More

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