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  • More monitor farms for Scotland as funding boost rewards success

    More than £260,000 has been secured from the Scottish Government to fund a new round of four Scottish monitor farms over three years, covering arable (cereals/oilseeds, with potatoes in rotation) and dairy. The new funding has been awarded to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) under the Skills Development Scheme of the Scottish Government/European Union Scotland Rural...

    4 March 2013

  • Potato summit seeks radical changes to supply chain

    A cross section of the potato industry is set to meet on 7thMarch in Westminster to help future-proof the potato supply chain. “With representatives from retail, farming unions, trade bodies, government, packers, processors, food service and growers, this is a massive opportunity to share not only the current structural problems within the chain but to seek collective commitment to solutions”...

    22 February 2013

  • Updated provisional estimate of 2012 GB potato supply

    Due to the importance of business information in an exceptional season AHDB Potatoes has updated its estimates following the receipt of further Grower Panel1yield forms, updated lifting data and additional intelligence. Average yields for GB are now estimated at 38.1 tonnes/ha against an original estimate of 37.4 tonnes/ha. The revised end of season lifting estimate indicates unlifted area of...

    14 December 2012

  • Do you need to renew your abstraction licence?

    The Environment Agency is concerned that some licence holders may be unaware that they may be at risk of losing the right to water needed to support businesses. A surprisingly low number of applications have been submitted so far, to replace existing time limited water licences that are due to ‘time out’ shortly. The Environment Agency said that despite sending reminders, of the 750 licences due...

    7 December 2012

  • Fera have issued new legislation on potatoes imported into England

    Fera have issued new legislation on potatoes imported into England. This legislation is designed to strengthen plant health protection, particularly by extending the current statutory notification requirements and by making it a legal requirement for imports of potatoes from Poland to be accompanied by an official Polish ring rot test certificate. Details of the new legislation are outlined in a...

    7 December 2012