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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Potato Research Centre in Fredericton July 14 to announce $1.4 million for Potatoes New Brunswick to lead a national research effort to help improve yields and the export competitiveness of Canadian French fries.  In the photo are, from left: McCain Foods Ltd.’s Director of Agronomy for North America Yves Leclerc, Potatoes New Brunswick Executive Director Matt Hemphill, Agriculture Minister Ritz and Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac) Mike Allen.

Potatoes New Brunswick (PNB) will lead a national research effort to help improve yields and the export competitiveness of Canadian French fries.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was in Fredericton July 14 to announce an investment of up to $1.4 million for the initiative.

The funding will enable PNB to work with other industry partners, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists and universities to identify factors that limit yields. On-farm experiments will help overcome these limitations and recommend new tools and technologies to potato growers across the country.

PNB will work with a number of key national partners, including the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, McCain Foods Ltd., the Manitoba Horticulture Productivity Enhancement Centre, Dalhousie University, the University of Manitoba and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec City.

"The stakes for processing potatoes in Canada have never been higher,” PNB Chair Shawn Paget said. “This funding will allow Canadian potato producers to expedite the process and introduce new technology and best management practices to secure and develop export markets. A national approach allows our industry to pool resources and make a concentrated effort to improve yields, secure grower profitability and increase competitiveness."

 

Organizations: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Prince Edward Island Potato Board, McCain Foods Ltd. Manitoba Horticulture Productivity Enhancement Centre Dalhousie University University of Manitoba Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

Geographic location: Fredericton, Quebec City, Canada

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