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Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced $28 million in funding to support Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) potato farmers affected by trade disruptions. The Government of Canada is taking a Team Canada approach and working collaboratively with the Province of P.E.I. and industry to support potato growers and resume full market access for P.E.I. fresh potatoes.

This funding of up to $28 million will be used to support the diversion of surplus potatoes, including helping to redirect surplus potatoes to organizations addressing food insecurity and support for the environmentally-sound disposal of surplus potatoes. It will also support marketing activities and will help industry to develop long-term strategies to manage future challenges.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will work with the Government of P.E.I., the P.E.I. Potato Board, national food bank organizations and other stakeholder groups to deliver the funding. Details on how producers can access support will be available through the coming weeks.

 

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