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  • Major shake-up of weed investment required

    The UK’s approach to weed management investment needs to be overhauled, if the needs of industry are to be met. This was a key conclusion of the first ever major cross-sector review of weed management, commissioned by AHDB and BBRO. According to the review, essential weed management information could be lost to the industry unless key sources of reference material are identified and archived. In...

    8 April 2019

  • New sector board members join AHDB Potatoes

    This month saw three new additions to the AHDB Potatoes board: Aberdeenshire-based grower Jim Cargill; Somerset-based grower Chris Wilson; and Alison Levett, who joined as an independent board member. The three new sector board members all took up their positons as of 1 April. Appointments are for three years. Second generation farmer, Jim Cargill is based at Coldstream Farm, where he produces...

    8 April 2019

  • Outward Egyptian mission offers ressurance on future trade

    AHDB’s Rob Burns and John Ellicott from SASA recently returned from an outward mission to Egypt where they met with the Head of CAPQ, Dr Ahmed, to discuss the past season, the coming season and issues around Brexit. Rob explains: “We confirmed that UK trading position with Egypt is secure after Brexit as legislation allows imports from all countries in continental Europe regardless of EU...

    3 April 2019

  • AHDB Potato Chair reports back on an open board session

    Sophie Churchill, Chair of the AHDB Potatoes Board and member of the AHDB Board, invited all potatoes levy payers to the March board meeting. In this blog, she reflects on the business of the day. The AHDB Potatoes Board is there to help support and equip levy payers to negotiate the continuing changes faced by the industry. There are the continuing effects on the crop of drought and high...

    29 March 2019

  • Latest potato stocks figures down almost a quarter on last year

    The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) latest estimates on potato stock levels held by British growers are 24% down on previous years’ figures at 1.84Mt; 13% down on the five year average. The estimates show stock levels for the 2018/19 season to be higher than at the same point in 2012 but only slightly lower than 2016; another tight year for the British potato supply....

    11 March 2019