The Pre Basic Growers Association was formerly the Virus Tested Stem Cutting Growers Association which changed its name in 2007 to reflect the change in nomenclature in the Seed Potato Clasification Scheme when class VTSC seed was dropped to be replaced by Pre Basic Seed.
Full Membership of the Association is open to individuals, partnerships, companies and organisations who are officially recognised as raisers of Pre Basic Seed Potatoes or whose work provides technical and scientific support for high grade, early generation seed potato production. Associate Members, without voting rights, are admitted at the discretion of the Association’s committee.
The objective of the Association is to maintain and improve the technical standards relating to the production, classification and marketing of Pre Basic Seed Potatoes and to liaise with official bodies and others in reviewing and modifying arrangements for the regulation of the production, classification and marketing of Pre Basic Seed Potatoes. The Association supports meetings, conferences and field demonstrations that aim to maintain and improve the technical standards relating to the production of early generation, high grade seed potatoes.
The Association organises a members’ study visit each year to examine aspects of early generation, high grade seed potato production. It is routinely consulted by the Scottish Government and others on the regulation of the production, classification and marketing of Pre Basic Seed Potatoes. Its committee meets throughout the year and its members meet in general meeting each year to review and comment on the Association’s activities and to appoint office bearers and committee members. Each year the Association presents the Dr Hardie Memorial Award to an individual who has contributed significantly to the aims of the Association. The Association currently has 40 Full Members and 20 Associate Members.