Prince Edward Island offers financial support to potato growers and exporters

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI –

Potato growers on Prince Edward Island are receiving financial assistance from the province nearly three weeks after shipments to the United States were suspended following the discovery of the potato fungal wart.

Economic Growth Minister Matthew MacKay says the provincial government is launching the Potato Finance Program, which will make fixed-rate capital and labor loans available to potato growers to cover operating costs.

The province has also established wage support for potato exporters and trucking companies that previously shipped the harvest south.

This comes after officials from Canada and the United States met last week to discuss the suspension of exports.

Agriculture Minister Bloyce Thompson says the export ban doesn’t seem likely to be lifted anytime soon.

Canada suspended all shipments of fresh potatoes from PEI to the US late last month after fungal disease was discovered in two fields in the province.

This Canadian Press report was first published on December 10, 2021, and was produced with financial assistance from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Reference-atlantic.ctvnews.ca

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