Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 25, 2010 13:00 ET

New Brunswick Potato Growers Receive Assistance for Storage Losses

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2010) - New Brunswick potato growers will receive up to $3 million to help offset the extra costs of cleaning and disinfecting storage facilities and disposing of ruined product after a difficult growing season in 2009. The announcement was made today by Member of Parliament Mike Allen (Tobique-Mactaquac), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture Ronald Ouellette.

"New Brunswick potato growers are doing their best to recover from the impacts of the challenging 2009 growing season, and this Government is standing with them," said Mr. Allen. "This assistance will help farmers get their operations ready for the coming harvest."

"It is important to the Government of New Brunswick to be an active partner in our province's agriculture industry," added Minister Ouellette. "It is especially important to do so in times of unexpected challenges. I am pleased that we can respond to the needs of our potato growers as they deal with the impact of a difficult 2009 season."

The New Brunswick Potato Storage Loss Initiative will provide producers with assistance to help with the costs incurred for disposal of spoiled potatoes and for cleaning and disinfecting storage facilities and equipment. Payments will be based on the volume of potatoes in storage and subsequently destroyed.

This assistance is being delivered through AgriRecovery, a cost-shared framework on a 60/40 basis between federal and provincial governments, which allows governments to respond with targeted assistance for regional disasters.

In addition to this assistance, existing federal-provincial Business Risk Management programs, such as AgriInsurance (crop insurance), AgriStability, and AgriInvest, will help producers address income losses resulting from the wet and cool 2009 growing season.

This assistance will be delivered by the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture. Eligible producers will be contacted within the coming weeks with details about the program and the application process.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Gisele Regimbal
    New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
    506-444-4218
    or
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-759-1059