Crisis Hits PEI Seed Industry

Published online: Feb 14, 2000
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Preliminary testing is showing about half of the Prince Edward Island, Canada, seed lots have high virus levels and can't be planted this spring.

This will not only mean a shortage of seed potatoes, but lower total production. Tests on Russet Burbank seed are particularly poor.

Cavendish Farms, one of the Island's large processors, anticipating the shortage, imported a special order from Saskatchewan before the end of '99. It is thought that even with this extra purchase it will still not be enough to meet production demand.