Seed and Export
Robert Burns, Head of Seeds and Export
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. Potato Council 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.
Potato Council acts as a conduit of export information to industry and also coordinates selected overseas promotion of seed potatoes. Potato Council 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.