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Increasing Competitiveness

Researchers have received $1.4 million in federal funding for an industry-driven research project to study ways of boosting potato production and address Canada’s declining export competitiveness. Announced by Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz in Fredericton, N.B. on July 14, the national research effort is being led by Potatoes New Brunswick and involves the participation of scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, N.B. along with University of Manitoba researchers, other…

Boosting Plant Breeders’ Rights

Earlier this year Canada became the newest country to revise its Plant Breeders’ Rights legislation with the adoption of the Agricultural Growth Act, also known as Bill C-18. The act includes amendments to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act (PBRA), which brings Canada’s PBRA into compliance with the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV 91). The amendments are expected to transform the Canadian potato…

A Year After

As of April 1, it will be one year since the Canadian Food Inspection Agency moved to expand the use of Alternative Service Delivery for the inspection of seed potato tuber shipments. The process to explore alternatives to the existing program was slow in 2014, but the Canadian potato industry is hopeful that significant progress will be made in 2015. The CFIA is working with industry stakeholders to identify an acceptable alternative…

ASD of Seed Potato Tuber Inspection

Beginning April 1, Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors will no longer perform grade and quality inspections for seed potato tubers shipped within Canada. Under Ottawa’s newly expanded Seed Potato Tuber Quality Management Program (SPTQMP), seed potato growers or their staff will have to carry out the job themselves, after becoming licensed and registered by CFIA to perform the inspections. This move to Alternate Service Delivery for seed potato tuber inspection, one of…

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A New Way to Do Business

A New Way to Do Business The Seed Potato Tuber Quality Management Program (SPTQMP) has been around for a few years. Under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency program, growers or staff members are trained and licensed by the CFIA to perform seed potato tuber quality inspections themselves before the product is shipped out. Up to now, growers have signed up for the program on a volunteer basis — but that’s about to…

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