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Senators want more access to Japan for U.S. fresh potatoes

During a recent visit to our nation’s capital by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a bipartisan group of senators wanted to see the Biden Administration apply pressure to get fresh U.S. potatoes into Japan, as Mike Davis reports for SFNToday.

National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles says the potato industry was watching.

“In conjunction with that visit, you had a group of ten senators led by Senator Cantwell in Washington and Senator Risch from Idaho, write a letter to President Biden urging him to jump-start the technical discussions over U.S. market access to Japan for fresh potatoes.”

Quarles says it’s been requested of Japan for at least 30 years.

“But it really got ramped up in the last five years on the U.S. side, but the Japanese government has not moved forward one bit in those five years.”

And the senators, Quarles says, felt this was a good opportunity to turn up the pressure.

Source: SFNToday. Read the full story and listen to an audio clip here
Image: Credit SFNToday

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