MEXICO REOPENS MARKETS TO ALBERTA SEED

Published online: Aug 05, 2008 Alan Harman
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Mexico is reopening its markets to Alberta seed and table-stock potatoes.

Mexico blocked the import of potatoes from the Canadian province last December because of concerns over the detection of golden nematode, a species of potato cyst nematode (PCN), in two soil samples from two farms in northern Alberta.

The agreement allows for the import of Alberta seed and table-stock potatoes from areas not under quarantine restrictions for PCN.

"Mexico is one of Canada's top markets for seed potatoes and this agreement delivers more results for Canadian producers," Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says in a statement.

It says both Canada and Mexico remain committed to working together to prevent the spread of PCN.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues to test soil samples from all Alberta seed potato fields and from all other seed potato producing provinces. In the 19,400 soil samples tested so far, there have been no other positive results for the plant pest. 

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