PEI WANTS MORE LOCAL RESEARCH

Published online: Mar 17, 2011
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.-Despite Prince Edward Island's position as Canada's top potato producer, the P.E.I. Potato Board says there needs to be more local research to help the industry.

Representatives from the board appeared before the standing committee on agriculture, environment, energy and forestry recently in Charlottetown to give a presentation on the state of the industry.

Mary Kay Sonier told the committee there have been cutbacks at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and while the provincial government has been good at funding projects there aren't enough researchers to work on them.

"The problem we're running in to is we need people to do those projects and we're running out of people to do them," she said.

Potato board general manager Greg Donald said the industry is important to P.E.I., but a lack of research leaves growers at a competitive disadvantage.

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