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P.E.I. Potato Board on the defensive


September 16, 2008
By Marg Land


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September 16, 2008, Charlottetown,
P.E.I. – The P.E.I. Potato Board is defending itself and large potato
processors after the board was accused of conflict of interest and the
companies of undercutting potato prices.

September 16, 2008, Charlottetown, P.E.I. – The P.E.I. Potato Board is defending itself and large potato processors after the board was accused of conflict of interest and the companies of undercutting potato prices.

According to a report in The Guardian, based in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the board is denying the allegations made by a potato grower and a marketer during a recent presentation to the provincial standing committee on agriculture. Ken McIsaac, chairman of the board, said the members are not in a conflict of interest as many grow for the open tablestock market as well as for processing.

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He added that the board has been working for years to cut overproduction, urging growers not to plant more potatoes than they have a market for.

Read the full report here.