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NB potato growers get assistance for losses


August 30, 2010
By Fruit & Vegetable

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August 27, 2010, Ottawa,
Ont – New Brunswick potato growers will receive up to $3 million to help offset
the extra costs of cleaning and disinfecting storage facilities and disposing
of ruined product after a difficult growing season in 2009.



August 27, 2010, Ottawa,
Ont – New Brunswick potato growers will receive up to $3 million to help offset
the extra costs of cleaning and disinfecting storage facilities and disposing
of ruined product after a difficult growing season in 2009.

The New Brunswick Potato
Storage Loss Initiative will provide producers with assistance to help with the
costs incurred for disposal of spoiled potatoes and for cleaning and
disinfecting storage facilities and equipment. Payments will be based on the
volume of potatoes in storage and subsequently destroyed.

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This assistance is being
delivered through AgriRecovery, a cost-shared framework on a 60/40 basis
between federal and provincial governments, which allows governments to respond
with targeted assistance for regional disasters.

In addition to this
assistance, existing federal-provincial Business Risk Management programs, such
as AgriInsurance (crop insurance), AgriStability, and AgriInvest, will help
producers address income losses resulting from the wet and cool 2009 growing
season.

This assistance will be
delivered by the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture.
Eligible producers will be contacted within the coming weeks with details about
the program and the application process.