Editor: I am puzzled by the P.E.I. Potato Board’s request to lift the moratorium on deep-water wells. Their main argument seems to be that they need more water to increase potato production and become more competitive. I recall a concerted effort on P.E.I. to decrease the acreage of potatoes in an effort to increase prices.
As recently as last fall, American production was down six per cent, a reduction the president of the United Potato Growers of America said was needed to balance the market. So, it seems lower production equals higher prices, and higher prices benefit growers.
This makes me wonder who stands to benefit from higher production and, presumably, lower prices. The answer would seem to be those who buy potatoes - the processors — rather than those who grow them.