Future without McCain plant pondered by farmers
McCain's P.E.I. plant closing at the end of October
Farmers who grow potatoes for McCain are wondering where their crop will go after the McCain plant on P.E.I. shuts down.
Twenty-three farmers currently sell to the P.E.I. plant, which is closing at the end of the month. Their contracts with McCain for this year will be honoured, but the future is uncertain.
Barry Green sells to McCain and is part of the processing council currently in talks with the company. Green said they are hoping for a commitment that the company will keep buying P.E.I. potatoes for its plants on the mainland.
"They need to have a presence here on P.E.I. because no one is going to grow potatoes on the open market, it's too costly, just on the hope that they're going to buy a few next year," said Green.
"We can't afford to do that. So that's the point we're pushing to them."
The P.E.I. Potato Board and McCain say they are continuing to discuss the situation.