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New Brunswick potato farmers call for Minister Bibeau to take action now


June 5, 2020
By Potatoes in Canada

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Millions of pounds of potatoes are sitting in storage and starting to rot while the Canadian government delays in making its announced COVID-19 supports accessible, says Potatoes New Brunswick, a producer-driven organization for the potato industry within the province.

“We need to finally settle with the province and federal government so that we can dispose of these potatoes now,” says Matt Hemphill, executive director of Potatoes New Brunswick, in a released statement. “That could mean turning them to cattle feed or creating more freezer capacity to get them processed into french fries or donating to food banks. But the reality is we need help and support to do that, and the government has yet to make any tangible move in the right direction.” | READ MORE

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