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New Zealand would re-apply to export fresh potatoes, for processing, into Australia

New Zealand potato growers say they might revive an application to export fresh potatoes, for processing, into Australia if demand warrants it. This week AUSVEG and Australian growers welcomed the decision by the Potatoes New Zealand board to withdraw their application to export potatoes for processing. The Australian industry campaigned against the request, based on the risk posed by the tomato potato psyllid which can carry the Zebra chip disease. CEO of Potatoes New Zealand, Chris Claridge, said they had decided to pursue other more promising markets. “We’ve looked at the Australian market,” Mr Claridge said. More

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