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Prince Edward Island delegation heading for Washington to discuss potato trade ban

A delegation of officials from Prince Edward Island is departing for Washington, D.C., today to try and persuade the United States to resume importing the Island’s potatoes, according to a report by The Canadian Press. The office of Premier Dennis King says in a news release the delegation will meet with U.S. officials over two days.

Canada suspended all shipments of fresh potatoes from P.E.I. to the U.S. in November after fungal potato wart was discovered in two fields in the province. Officials have said that the U.S. would have imposed a ban had Canada not acted first. The United States potato market is worth about $120 million a year to P.E.I.

The delegation includes King, Agriculture Minister Bloyce Thompson and P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald.

Officials are expected to speak with Canadian Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, members of Congress, senators and members from the U.S. National Potato Council.

Source: The Canadian Press via the Toronto Star
Photo: Toronto Star

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