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Manitoba vegetable growers to have more marketing freedom

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The Manitoba government is introducing legislation that would help expand the provincial table potato and root crop industry in response to concerns among producers and marketing agency Peak of the Market that red tape has prevented growth of the sector, says agriculture minister Derek Johnson, as reported by The Grower.

“Our province’s farmers provide nutritious, local food to Manitobans, though for years they have not had the freedom to grow and sell their table potatoes and root crops in the province,” said Johnson. “At the same time, regulations have prevented Peak of the Market from modernizing its business model to promote, sell and distribute Manitoba’s table potatoes and root crops to the world. This legislation would allow producers to grow as many table potatoes and root crops as they wish and to sell to any buyer while paving the way for a modernized business model for Peak of the Market and strengthening our provincial economy.”

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