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Study Trip to Denmark 2015

A very successful two day trip was made to northern Jutland in Denmark with the help from Danespo and the potato officials from Denmark . The visit included various visits to both high grade seed production units and larger scale commercial units all growing seed potatoes mainly for export to the same countries as Scotland .All pb growers receive mini tubers from the one source that produces them in Denmark (less than 200,000 tubers produced per year)with a small amount imported from Scotland when a demand for a variety increases. There are only 10 pb growers in Denmark and due to the restrictions on only being allowed to produce pb on a farm and not basic seed they are all quite small producers.Chitting trays are still used on the pb1 and pb2 material on some of the units we looked at with storage and ventilation systems on these farms very modern and up to date very similar to those in Scotland. Due to even tighter aphicide restrictions in Denmark the pb1 crops we looked at were all under fleece with all crops produced with a pb certificate there is a compulsory virus test for pvy and leaf roll. Overall it was a very successful trip and we thank everyone for helping organising the visit.

Awards at Harrogate 2013

“Top potato growers get their rewards for work” Caithness Potatoes founder Dr Jack Dunnett MBE was awarded the British Potato Industry Award, and Hamish Cameron of Balnakyle and Drumderfit Farms received the Dr James Hardy Memorial Award at the Potato Council Dinner on 27th November in Harrogate. To read the full article click here.

AGM Chairman’s Report for 2012-13, Thursday 28 November 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the forty second Annual General Meeting of the Association, held again this year in Harrogate in conjunction with the Potato Council’s British Potato 2013. As in past years we are grateful to the Council for making the Press Room here at Harrogate available for our AGM. to read the full reort click here.

Study Visit to Northern France 

26 – 28 June 2013 18 members of the Association participated in a study visit to Northern France over the three days 26 – 28 June 2013. The visit was hosted and organised by staff of the potato company Desmazieres, a sister company of Agrico. The aim of the visit was to look in detail at early generation seed production in the area of Northern France overseen by the Comite Nord, the industry body charged with controlling seed potato production in the area. To read the full report click here


31/12/2009 Technical Information The following links provide useful information about Dickeya spp. link1 link2 Government Consultation – Dickeya Our Association has been asked to contribute to the following Government Consultation. Dickeya Threat to Scottish Potato Crops – Consultation Paper Amendments Proposed to the Seed Potatoes (Scotland) Regulations 2000 and the Plant Health (Potatoes)(Scotland) Order 2006 Please contact our secretary if you wish to contribute via the Association. You may also respond directly to the Scottish Government.Responses must be received by the Government by 29th January 2010. link

Potato Cyst Nematode

29/12/2009 Government Consultation – PCN Our Association has been asked to contribute to the following Government Consultation Implementation in Scotland of Directive 2007/33/EC on Control of Potato Cyst Nematodes: Consultation on Fees and Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment link