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Spud grower thinks board should stay

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Picture: Tony Galati
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A Myalup potato grower has said the Potato Management Board needs to remain in place but must change the way it operates.

Pennie Patane, who owns Patane Produce with her husband Michael, made the comments as the controversial regulator, which controls the number of potatoes grown in WA, has again come under the microscope.

The Federal Government said the PMC, one of the only produce regulators that exists in Australia, should be scrapped because it would save the State millions of dollars.

However, Mrs Patane has backed the PMC but said the organisation could improve.

The PMC is set to take another major Mylaup potato grower, Tony Galati, to court over claims he breached planting quotas and undermined the State's market.

Mr Galati said he could fight the action by planting more potatoes.

"If they do want to fight, the only way to fight them is to go out and grow more spuds and prove to people that we can grow cheaper potatoes without the regulated system," he said.

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