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NZ fills Australia’s potato shortage

potato farmingNew Zealand potato farmers and processors are expected to profit from a shortage of the vegetable in Australia. The shortage was sparked when crops in the country’s southern states were hit with heavy rain and flooding last year. About 75 percent of New Zealand’s processed and frozen potatos are exported to Australia, with over 44,000 tonnes exported last year at a value of $55 million. Potatoes New Zealand’s chief executive Chris Claridge said exports to Australia are expected to rise even further this year. “What we’re projecting for the coming year is that we’re going to see an increase in exports into the Australian market, primarily because there appears to be a shortfall in production and a shortage of potatoes due to growing conditions.” That was good news for New Zealand’s 170 potato growers, he said. More