Travellers Rest company to open new potato wash facility

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RWL Holdings Ltd. in Travellers Rest will purchase new innovative technology for a high-speed potato wash facility with an investment from the federal and provincial governments. From left, Austin Roberts, co-owner of RWL Holdings Ltd, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster.    

Governments commit $569,000 for potato sorting, washing equipment for RWL Holdings

TRAVELLERS REST — RWL Holdings Ltd. in Travellers Rest is set to open a high-speed potato wash facility using the most innovative sorting technology. 

The equipment will sort potatoes by size and type on a just-in-time basis, making large loads of potatoes for processors like McCains and Cavendish Farms easy pickings.

"With the new technology our company is helping to modernize the potato industry here in Prince Edward Island," said RWL Holdings co-owner Austin Roberts. "This service to Island potato growers will help increase their profits as well as help ensure the processors are receiving the best possible product."

The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, has invested $500,000 towards the purchase of this new equipment. The Government of Prince Edward Island, through the Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Growing Forward 2 Programs, has invested a total of $69,000 in this project.

“Our Government recognizes that every advantage gained through innovative technology pays dividends throughout an industry and the national economy," said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in a news release. "This investment will allow the potato sector, P.E.I.’s biggest generator of agricultural sales, to continue to stay competitive in global markets.” 

Provincial Agriculture Minister George Webster added, "This new equipment will help to increase the competitive position of the Island’s potato industry and achieve higher returns for producers from the marketplace.”

The equipment should also cut down on the overall waste of potatoes and allow for better product quality control.   

Organizations: RWL Holdings, Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Growing Forward 2 Programs

Geographic location: Travellers Rest, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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  • george
    February 26, 2014 - 11:27

    the way to go irvings

    February 25, 2014 - 10:07

    Farmers have to learn to get off the government teet. All they do is poison our groundwater and taint our meat while making millions of dollars a year. Majority of farmers on PEI spend 6 months of the year after digging until planting down south in Florida. They are not suffering and do not need tax money!

    • LA
      February 27, 2014 - 08:08

      Clearly you know very little about them. But obviously you feel free to make sweeping generalizations and negative judgements anyway. I assure you the "majority of farmers" do nothing of the sort, so obviously you have no basis on which to make your ludicrous claims.

  • Stewart Smith
    February 25, 2014 - 07:28

    So the industry brings in $1bn a year, eh? Well, there's another $1/2m to subtract from that total! If you subtract all the costs (including cancer deaths and environmental devastation) I'm sure the potato industry actually has a negative net benefit to PEI.

  • candrayo
    February 25, 2014 - 06:27

    OMG George is at it again………and Gail too….well hey…we Islanders let them…so why the hell wouldn't they be at it again!

    February 24, 2014 - 21:17

    Thank you for restoring a tiny bit of my belief in people. Thank you for running you own private business on behalf of the taxpayers who fund a very large portion of Isand business.

  • justwondering
    February 24, 2014 - 18:39

    @over and over just wondering where you get your stats from. I own and operate a private business and I can assure you I have not received any of your money.

  • Slippy
    February 24, 2014 - 16:35

    Change the name of this section from "business" to hand outs, no wonder the provinces economy is a joke, no government money, nothing happens.

  • spud
    February 24, 2014 - 14:42

    This is why cavendish farms layed off 20 people

  • intobed
    February 24, 2014 - 14:39

    I wonder where the water containing the pesticide / chemical contaminated soil will be properly decontaminated? There is no mention of this.

    February 24, 2014 - 13:15

    PLEASE tell me that there is one company on PEI that is not in the tax payers pockets. Never in my wildest dreams have I even considered a place where all PRIVATE businesses feel it is their right to fund there companies with taxpayers dollars. Dies this island even understand what private business means?