New Brunswick potato producers are receiving $3 million from the federal government and the province under the New Brunswick Potato Storage Loss Initiative. The funding will help offset the cost of cleaning and disinfecting storage facilities and disposing of ruined product after a challenging 2009 growing season.
“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,” says New Brunswick MP Mike Allen. “This assistance will help farmers get their operations ready for the coming harvest.”
The program, which is delivered through AgriRecover, a cost-shared framework on a 60/40 basis between federal and provincial governments, allows governments to provide assistance in cases of regional disasters. Other programs, such as AgriInsurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest, will help growers with income loss.
According to the province’s Department of Agriculture, eligible producers will be contacted within coming weeks with more detail on the program. Payments will be based on the volume of potatoes in storage and destroyed.