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Prince Edward Island Commemorates First International Potato Day

Celebrating the Inaugural International Day of Potato in PEI

The potato industry on Prince Edward Island (PEI) is gearing up to celebrate the first-ever International Day of Potato on May 30. This day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 2023 to recognize the importance of potatoes as a global food source.

PEI, known for its rich potato farming history, has been a key player in the potato industry since the first commercial crop was grown in 1790. With over 5,000 varieties of potatoes grown worldwide, PEI itself cultivates over 75 different varieties. The island’s potatoes have made their way to 44 countries across the globe, showcasing the significance and reach of this humble vegetable.

Family-owned farms in PEI have been growing potatoes for generations, contributing to the island’s strong agricultural brand. Improved farming practices and technological advancements have helped PEI maintain its leadership position in the industry while ensuring sustainable land use.

Greg Donald, General Manager of the PEI Potato Board and Treasurer of the World Potato Congress (WPC), expressed his excitement for the International Day of Potato, highlighting the global support for recognizing the importance of this crop in feeding humanity.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Harvesting diversity, feeding hope,” focusing on the potato’s contribution to agricultural production, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. The potato industry in PEI generates a significant economic impact of $1.35 billion and employs over 8.8% of the island’s full-time jobs.

As Islanders prepare to celebrate the International Day of Potato, they are reminded of the vital role that potatoes play in food security, nutrition, and sustainable farming practices. To learn more about this global celebration, visit the FAO website linked in the article.

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