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Australian potato growers plan to send more spuds overseas

West Australia’s embattled potato growers plan to collaborate to drive a sevenfold increase in spud exports within five years.

Simon Moltoni

WA Potato Growers Association chief executive Simon Moltoni said the State’s potato growers faced diminishing returns in a shrinking industry.

But after commissioning industry and export development plans Mr Moltoni said he was confident growers could achieve better prices and grow the industry provided they gained a bigger slice of export markets.

“If we consolidate supply, that gives us critical mass, consistent supply and efficiencies through scale, which takes us into a whole new league, including opening doors with the big multi-national processors,” Mr Moltoni said.

A new body would be responsible for market development and management and provide a service to growers, rather than transact sales.

Read the full report on The West Australian here