BALLARAT GROWERS STRIKE NEW MCCAIN DEAL

Published online: Jun 16, 2011 Potato Storage, Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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Ballarat district potato growers have struck a new price deal with McCain Foods, months ahead of schedule. The growers will be paid an increase of $15 a ton of potatoes for next year's crop.

Earlier this year,
growers blockaded the McCain factory after negotiations over the current year's potato price failed. Ross Dimond from the McCain Growers Group says growers are pleased to finally get an increased price for their crop.

"It must be realized that the price we got at the end of the blockade virtually brought our price...up to the price of the previous year," he said.

"But yes that's right, I think it's a realistic outcome by McCain that they have to pay growers enough to stay in business."

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