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  • Record year for seed potato exports

    Seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season for the industry. Already 81,968 tonnes of seed have been exported to non-EU countries – and with the season running from July to June there could be up to another 3,000 tonnes to add to that figure, based on previous years. The current figure is already up 4,000 tonnes on 2013/14’s...

    31 March 2015

  • Have your say on new employer-led “Trailblazer” apprenticeships

    Employers are being encouraged to have their say on the first draft apprenticeship standards for the arable and horticulture sectors to ensure they meet their future requirements.   The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), has joined forces with EDGE Apprenticeships, Lantra and the NFU to develop the draft standards, which are based around three core areas of skills,...

    26 March 2015

  • Consumer needs drive potato innovation strategy

    Head of Potato Council R&D, Dr Mike Storey discusses Potato Council’s new Research and Innovation Strategy which is focused on delivering the greatest benefits to levy payers over the next five years. “Looking to 2020, GB will continue to need to produce crops efficiently and economically,” says Mike. “But production must be driven by customer needs and innovation.” The newly launched...

    23 March 2015

  • AHDB expanding seed potato export opportunities for UK producers

    Building on the growing success of its collaboration over the past two years, Potato Council and Horticultural Development Company (HDC) brought the largest collaborative UK stand yet to this February’s Fruit Logistica event in Berlin.   The event featured 2,785 exhibitors from 83 countries, with AHDB’s Potato Council and HDC joining forces once more alongside co-exhibitors from the potato...

    18 March 2015

  • Bringing Food To Life For Children

    Educating children about the importance of food, farming and healthy eating is a priority for Potato Council.   Recent research from Dr Aric Sigman, titled ‘Agricultural Literacy: Giving Concrete Children Food for Thought’, indicates that children are more likely to absorb and integrate food knowledge if they have hands-on experience of its origins. Yet research shows that 19% of children...

    18 March 2015