P.E.I. Potato Exports Boom

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P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island potatoes are flying off trucks and ships in record-high numbers.

According to various reports, demand for Maritime-grown spuds is up 90 per cent overseas and 10 per cent in North America from last year, largely due to decreased production in Russia and some parts of the U.S.

“The demand from Russia is certainly a bonus for us,’s’s Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board, told Charlottetown’s Guardian newspaper. ”We’sre experiencing some export demands from places we hadn’st planned on and others looking for more than usual, and that’s moving the crop in a good way.”

Donald also told CBC News that P.E.I. is shipping more product to the Caribbean than usual and that prices are slightly better than last year.

 

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