Boost for spud in­dus­try

Stirling Times - - Street Watch - Denise S Cahill

SHOP­PERS can buy up to 1.5kg of pota­toes for the price of a cof­fee, ac­cord­ing to WA Food Am­bas­sador Don Hancey.

“Peo­ple go and spend $4 on a cof­fee and can get a kilo or a kilo-and-a-half of spuds, maybe more, for the same price,” Mr Hancey said.

The Os­borne Park-based chef joined WA Pota­toes chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Moltoni at the Joon­danna Com­mu­nity Food Gar­den last month to pro­mote the Toda­toes cam­paign that pro­motes the potato in­dus­try and health ben­e­fits of the veg­etable.

It was the same day Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan an­nounced that $484,316 re­cov­ered from a le­gal trust fund would be dis­trib­uted back to grow­ers, along with the $200,000 of costs paid by Galati Nom­i­nees Pty Ltd.

Potato Mar­ket­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) funds, in­clud­ing those in a le­gal fund levied to pur­sue ac­tion against the Galati com­pa­nies, were vested to the State Gov­ern­ment when the PMC was abol­ished in De­cem­ber last year.

WA Pota­toes, based in West Perth, launched its new cam­paign in June.

“We’ve had a dif­fi­cult time the past 18 months to two years with dereg­u­la­tion which has chal­lenged our grow­ers,” Mr Moltoni said.

“We’ve also had two biose­cu­rity in­cur­sions that have se­verely af­fected our mar­ket ac­cess to the rest of the coun­try.”

Mr Hancey cooked Bal­divis and Man­jimup pota­toes for the cam­paign – one lot in canola oil and dukka and the other in canola oil and rose­mary.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d472517

SEE THE VIDEO AT WA Food Am­bas­sador Dan Hancey and WA Pota­toes CEO Si­mon Moltoni pro­mot­ing the potato in­dus­try and the health ben­e­fits of the veg­etable.

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