Potato importers and growers looking to import high quality seed potatoes are warmly invited to visit the Potato Council pavilion at Potato Europe (Villers-Saint-Christophe, France, September 12-13).
This is an ideal opportunity for potential importers to discuss technical concerns with independent experts from Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, who will be on-stand, says Potato Council head of seed and export, Rob Burns. There will also be specialist seed growers and exporters who grow varieties for a wide range of climates and conditions who will be available to talk about the benefits of buying British seed potatoes.
“Importers really appreciate the consistent high quality and health of Scottish seed potatoes,” says Mr Burns. “Seed exports from GB have seen a phenomenal growth over the past five years and have once again broken last season’s records.
“The seed growers are skilled at producing the right quality for the target market. They pride themselves on providing customers with the varieties they need to grow.”
Potato varieties have been specially developed for overseas customers, taking account of particular growing conditions and consumer tastes – quality British seed is now successfully grown in markets as distant as Asia and South America. New markets are being established, providing increased opportunity for our export community.
The high health region status of Scotland is crucial to UK exports as 80 per cent of our seed is grown there. Scotland is free from Dickeya which causes a severe form of blackleg and is currently causing significant losses in mainland Europe.
“We also work closely with the authorities in the importing countries, helping smooth the path to ensure supply consistency,” continues Mr Burns. “Importers can have confidence in quality and delivery times, helping them build and maintain sustainable enterprises.”
In addition, those seeking extra protection can look to the Safe Haven voluntary certification scheme that follows strict protocols to ensure the very highest standards.
“Potato Europe is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet with the experts and discuss their seed requirements – we look forward to welcoming you to our pavilion.”
Source: Potato Council