The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) says it is pleased with the announcement made this week by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), noting that exports will resume for table potatoes from Prince Edward Island to the United States. under specified conditions.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has voluntarily suspended the export of potatoes from PEI. following the discovery of potato wart in two of the island’s already regulated fields.

The CFA says the suspension has resulted in significant economic loss and enormous uncertainty for PEI potato growers as they finalize their planting plans for the coming year. CFA is still seeking full details regarding this announcement and its associated trade effects.

Raw material exports to the United States are an important market for Island growers and the full restoration of this market is critically important to PEI potato growers. and for the entire PEI economy. Meanwhile, PEI seed potato growers are still subject to trade restrictions that will require continued attention.

FCA notes that it is awaiting an expected federal order from APHIS outlining additional mitigation measures required and that the CFIA will then immediately resume authorization to export table stock from PEI- E. to the United States.

“While this is a great first step in bringing back PEI’s potato export capabilities. normal, there is still work to be done and the CFA is seeking to clarify the timelines and ongoing risk mitigation measures involved. This news should come as a big relief to many PEI farmers. and we thank Minister Bibeau and her colleagues for their continued efforts in this regard,” said CFA President Mary Robinson.

CFA will continue to monitor the situation.