Things will remain uncertain for Prince Edward Island seed potato farmers, as a ban on exports stretches into its second season. The growing season has been good so far, but with a seed potato export ban in effect, regardless of how much farmers harvest, they can’t sell their product. Of course, many of the Island’s seed potato farmers rely heavily on exports.
While an outbreak of potato wart has been confined to a few fields on P.E.I., the ban stops any seed potatoes from leaving the province.
There is no sign of the ban lifting soon. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has to process 17,000 samples taken from potato fields and that isn’t expected to be finished until at least spring 2023.