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  • New plant health risk register

     January 20th saw the launch of Defra’s Plant Health Risk Register, which is now publicly available. The Plant Health Risk Register represents a major step in implementing the recommendations of the independent Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity.     It is a tool for government, industry and stakeholders to prioritise action against pests and diseases...

    30 January 2014

  • Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

    With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at Potato Council have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes. Robert Burns, head of seed and export at Potato Council and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate this message,...

    30 January 2014

  • Do you know how to distinguish and control Alternaria, or early blight?

     Although not in the same league as late blight, it is important to understand the potentially damaging effects of Alternaria At Potato Council’s recent Winter Forum West in Shropshire, John Keer of Richard Austin Agriculture told a room full of growers and industry what we know about Alternaria and the way in which the two species can affect potato crops.  John advised...

    30 January 2014

  • Upskilling Chip Shops To Promote Sales

    Accounting for 12% of the crop, chips continue to be a priority for Potato Council. The Chip Skills Programme looks at improving quality and sales year round, with entries to the Choice Chip Awards opening in January.Stu Baker, Marketing and PR Executive for Potato Council, said: “Chips are an important market for the British potato industry. Our Chip Skills programme provides year round...

    31 January 2014

  • Calling All Growers!

    Potato Council is looking to recruit new members to join its team of Potato Ambassadors; while some of the Ambassadors will stay in their existing role, the search for enthusiastic growers to join the dedicated team is currently underway.Potato Council marketing manager, Kate Cox, said: “We are on the search for new Ambassadors to help spread the word that potatoes are healthy and...

    31 January 2014

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