Kevin MacIsaac, General Manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC), reported earlier today that the current Canadian potato storage holdings figures were released by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on June 1.
According to Kevin, “good demand for table potatoes has lowered fresh supplies 15% below the 3-yr. average. Processing stocks are up 14.4%. Seed growers are also in a difficult spot with seed left.“
Ag Canada says in its report: “Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on June 1, 2020 are 12.5% above the 3-yr. average at 20,732,000 hundred weight. Table potatoes will likely clean up in a timely manner, some chip potatoes may need to be imported, and both processing and seed categories will have supply left over this year due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting the marketplace and in particular the all-important food service sector.”
Figures below courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and provided to PNT by Kevin MacIsaac of the Potato Growers of Canada. The report is also available on the UPGC website here.
Kevin can be reached at [email protected] for further information.
|Province||2016-17||2017-18||2018-19||3-yr. Average||2019-20||2020 vs. 3-yr. avg|
|Prince Edward I||5,409||5,668||4,519||5,199||6,038||+16.1%|
Photo above: Courtesy of the United Potato Growers of Canada