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Turning the tide: Prince Edward Island’s potato sector bounces back

In a remarkable turnaround story, Prince Edward Island’s potato industry is said to be poised to reclaim its historic status as a premier source of trusted seed, fresh, and processing potatoes in North America and beyond.

Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, told Bill McGuire of the Island Farmer that the province’s industry “has turned the corner and is heading towards a brighter and positive future.”

According to Donald, “it won’t be long, when all this is said and done, we’ll be second to none. If you’re going to buy seed or fresh or processing potatoes, the most trusted place anywhere will be Prince Edward Island.”

He cited solid science and positive developments from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Despite setbacks from potato wart detections, extensive CFIA testing and new initiatives are fostering a resurgence in the industry. The CFIA has conducted nearly 50,000 tests for potato wart, and their third annual national potato wart survey in 2023 showed no new findings of potato wart in PEI. A new national potato wart response plan, under public consultation, is set to replace the current management plan.

This plan, along with CFIA’s guidance on biosecurity and seed potato production, is creating a pathway for PEI to not only recover but also to excel as a trusted leader in potato production.

“There will be nowhere in the world that has been tested as much as here,” Donald said.

Source: Island Farmer. Read the full story by Bill McGuire here
Photo: Credit Island Farmer

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