Potato WartFeds Giving $28 million in Funding to Support P.E.I. Potato Industry

Feds Giving $28 million in Funding to Support P.E.I. Potato Industry


Following the closure of the United States border to Prince Edward Island potatoes last year the Canadian government is giving $28 million in support for the industry, an April 28 news release says.

The funding is part of the federal budget for 2022. There will be $16 million provided to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency over two years starting with the 2022/23 season to support long-term investments and assist in stabilizing the P.E.I. potato sector and supply chain. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will receive $12 million over two years to accelerate the investigation into the latest detection of potato wart to help prevent its spread and to allow for full trade to resume with the U.S. as soon as possible.

On April 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed exports of P.E.I. fresh potatoes to resume following a months long closure. Since November, potato exports to the U.S. and Puerto Rico from P.E.I. were halted after potato wart was discovered for the second year in a row on the Island. Potato exports to Puerto Rico resumed on Feb. 8.

The CFIA will use the funding to fill over 35 positions in order to accelerate the soil sampling and testing, including an expansion of current laboratory capacity, the release says. This will help to maximize CFIA’s efficiency in completing the ongoing investigations related to the most recent findings identified in October 2021, which are targeted for completion in 2023.

“The reopening of the continental U.S. market for fresh potatoes is an important step that has given growers the predictability and assurance they need for the upcoming season. We know there is still work to be done and together, we will help ensure a stable future for the industry,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release.

The release notes the government is also providing a Stay of Default for 2021 outstanding potato advances. This allows growers flexibility to repay advance payments from 2021. Growers interested in taking advantage of this are encouraged to Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture for more information.

Potato seed growers may also be eligible for compensation under the Potato Wart Compensation Regulations, the release says.

The release also notes the federal government is committed to restoring full U.S. market access for P.E.I. potatoes.

Related Articles

P.E.I. Fresh Potato Exports Flowing to U.S. Again

Canadian Potato Stocks Drop as P.E.I. Destroys Spuds

Federal Government Announces Surplus Spuds Program for P.E.I.

Trending This Week

Cover crop of rye and peas

Improving Our Soil Health for the Future

At our family farm, Swansfleet, in Bruxelles, Man. quality has always been the driving force behind everything we do. Lately, that drive for quality...
Potatoes in storage

Ultra-early Sprouting is a Storage Nightmare

For the last month, I’ve been receiving calls from growers scrambling with piles that are already sprouting. I’m not talking about one or two...
Alberta Potato Conference and Tradeshow stage

Potato Growers of Alberta Wraps Up First Post Pandemic Conference

The Alberta Potato Conference and Tradeshow wrapped up its first event in three years on Nov. 17, 2022. The last day of the conference...

U.S. Harvested Potato Acres Down Three Per Cent

Potato growers in the United States are expected to harvest 906,000 acres of potatoes this year, the November 2022 crop production report from the...
Potato field in sunset

CPC Calls Out Misleading Potato Wart Analysis Comments

A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) bulletin released in October showing how potato wart could be introduced to the U.S. from Canada focused...