The P.E.I. Potato Board is moving to train the Island's potato growers and exporters on how to disinfect trucks before loading them.
CFIA regulations require that all trucks transporting bulk seed potatoes must be cleaned and disinfected before being loaded to prevent the spread of bacterial ring rot.
The province used to provide the service, but announced in November it was passing responsibility back to industry.
The board officially took charge of disinfection Jan. 1, but under a negotiated settlement the province will provide assistance until March 31.
The board has organized a series of five workshops on cleaning and disinfection for the transport of potatoes.
In a news release, the board noted anyone involved in potato disinfection services could attend, but added attendance at a workshop is mandatory for any grower planning to submit an application to the P.E.I. Agriculture Department for funding for setting up on-farm disinfection equipment.
Five sessions are being offered across the province.
- Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to noon at Access PEI Boardroom, 15 Green Street.
- Jan. 11, 3 to 5 p.m. at Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, 21 Sullivan Lane.
- Jan. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Pool Court, Rodd Mill River Resort.
- Jan. 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Empire II Conference Room, Loyalist Lakeview Resort.
- Jan. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at P.E.I. Potato Board Conference Room, 90 Hillstrom Avenue, West Royalty Business Park.