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  • Planting declarations now online only

    Your statutory planting return must be made via the online portal this year. Support will be available to all growers who need it, either over the phone or face to face in your own farm office. Jack Atkins, Levy Assistant, said: “The change will bring several cost savings and benefits. The online system is quick, efficient and is the most secure way to handle personal and financial data. “Smooth...

    3 April 2019

  • Talking chit in Parliament

    On the last leg of their journey, AHDB Potatoes Next Generation programme made their final stop at Westminster last week (26 March). Amid Brexit uncertainty, the group gathered on Parliament Square to witness MP’s rushing to cast their votes, TV crews hungry for coverage and scantily clad protesters making their voices heard before being treated to a historical tour around the Houses of...

    3 April 2019

  • Historic potato conference in store for top European researchers

    The latest scientific progress in all fields of post-harvest research and development will be presented at a conference in Norwich on 12 to 14 March. Hosted by AHDB and Certis, the post-harvest section of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) meeting will focus on the future of long-term storage in the likely absence of sprout suppressant Chlorpropham (CIPC). The programme also...

    5 March 2019

  • Potato supply chain making moves to protect stocks

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has estimated GB grower held potato stocks at the end of November 2018 at 2.97Mt. This is the lowest during this point in the season since 2016/17 and follows one of the smallest potato harvests on record. Drawdown, the rate at which potatoes are removed from store, is lower than recent years at 39%, three percentage points below the five-...

    18 January 2019

  • AHDB funds increased storage support amid CIPC uncertainty

    Potato store managers will be able to call on information and support from an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage advice as the uncertainty around the future of Chlorpropham (CIPC) continues. There have been several delays to the re-approval for use in the European Union (EU) of CIPC, which is used as a sprout suppressant on more than 80 per cent of potatoes stored in the...

    14 January 2019

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