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Manitoba potato growers see largest increase in harvest

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Manitoba potato growers harvested 148,010 more tonnes of spuds this year than in 2011, according to preliminary figures released today by Statistics Canada.

The agency said local growers harvested 941,810 tonnes of potatoes during the year. That was an increase of 18.6 per cent from the 793,800 tonnes harvested in 2011, and was the biggest percentage gain in the country.

The higher yields were due in large part to producers seeding 1,589 more hectares of potatoes than in 2011, and harvesting 2,226 more hectares.

The figures also show that Manitoba retained its status as the country’s second-biggest potato producer behind Prince Edward Island, which harvested 1.1 million tonnes in 2012.

Nationally, potato production was up by 8.6 per cent to 4.6 million tonnes from 4.2 million in 2011. Statistics Canada said Canadian producers also planted and harvested more hectares of potatoes this year than in 2011.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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