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P.E.I. Potato Board numbers disputed


May 11, 2009
By CBC

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potatoes03May 11, 2009, Charlottetown, PEI – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry
Ritz is taking issue with the P.E.I. Potato Board’s interpretation of
how much money has been paid out for crops ruined by rain last summer.

May 11, 2009, Charlottetown, PEI – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is taking issue with the P.E.I. Potato Board’s interpretation of how much money has been paid out for crops ruined by rain last summer.

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In a news release May 8, the potato board said only $1.4 million had been received by potato farmers so far, a number Ritz disputed in comments at an event on the island May 9.

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“The P.E.I. Potato Assistance Program, a federal and provincial program announced last fall, has already paid out $3 million to producers to leave potatoes in the field damaged by excess moisture,” he said.

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