Meet the Teams
Seed and Export
Robert Burns, Head of Seed and Export
Rob is Head of Seed and Exports, based in Edinburgh. He has worked as a research scientist, Science Advisor in Scottish Government and more recently as Export Liaison officer for Scottish Government. He delivers his AHDB Potatoes function through overseas trade events, export mission activities, engagement with Government and levy payer activities.
The seed and export department has one very clear objective: To help seed growers to further grow their markets through meeting customer requirements, producing a high quality product and promoting the technical benefits of British seed.
Demand for British seed, particularly overseas continues to provide valuable growth opportunities for the seed potato industry. AHDB Potatoes strives to ensure British seed growers can deliver the quality the customer requires, through appropriate R&D and KT, whilst working with stakeholders and government to protect plant health and seed quality.
AHDB Potatoes acts as a conduit of export information to industry and also coordinates selected overseas promotion of seed potatoes. AHDB Potatoes works in partnership with the export sector and Scottish Government and FERA, to build understanding and trust with overseas plant health officials on phytosanitary standards and import conditions. Trade show activity and inward and outward missions are the key tools.