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Potato assistance program expanded

May 8, 2009  ByMarg Land


potatoesMay 8, 2009, Ottawa, Ont. – The governments of Canada and Prince Edward
Island are improving access to the P.E.I. Potato Assistance Program.

May 8, 2009, Ottawa, Ont. – The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are improving access to the P.E.I. Potato Assistance Program.

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It was recently announced the program has been extended to help farmers who had to destroy product that spoiled in storage and for cleaning and disinfecting storage bins and equipment.

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Extreme wet weather in 2008 resulted in a large percentage of the P.E.I. potato crop being severely damaged. Last fall, assistance was provided to potato producers to help with the costs of disposing of unharvested potatoes. Despite these efforts, some spoilage occurred after harvest.

Producers will receive payment of one cent per pound to help with the cost of disposing spoiled product as well as an additional one cent per pound to help pay for the cleaning and disinfection of equipment and storage areas that have been contaminated. This assistance is cost-shared on a 60/40 basis by federal and provincial governments under AgriRecovery.

For more information, producers can contact the Agriculture Insurance Corporation at 902-368-4842.


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