New Zealand, Australia

Tasmanian potato farmers accepted Simplot’s second price offer

More than 80 potato growers in Tasmania felt a sense of relief when receiving Simplot’s second offer, says TFGA Vegetable Council chairperson Nathan Richardson.

The offer was proposed at a meeting in Deloariane on Tuesday night and will see a $35 per tonne increase for all varieties of potatoes in the upcoming season and a minimum $10 per tonne increase next year.

Simplot’s first offer of a $20 per tonne price increase was knocked back by the growers in July.

“There’s a lot of growers out there that simply weren’t making money out of potatoes. This increase doesn’t mean they will be able to buy the farm next door but what it means is they have the ability to plan where they want to go,” Mr Richardson said.

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