Spud Socialism

Today’s Australian contains a lengthy article panning WA’s outdated system of potato regulation:

Western Australia has the last horticultural marketing monopoly in the country, the Potato Marketing Corporation, which trades under the name Western Potatoes. Only farmers authorised by the corporation are legally entitled to grow potatoes. It then purchases at a set price all the potatoes grown for the fresh market.

Tana is blunt: “It is just outdated. It does not reward for effort, whether that be at grower level or wholesaler level. It does not foster a good relationship in terms of what needs to be done in a marketplace.”

And it results in the dominance of the nadine, occasionally referred to as the dumb blonde of potatoes.

Wouldn’t Tracey or Sharon be a more suitable name?

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