Representatives of Scotland’s seed potato industry have used the recent Fruit Logistica event in Berlin to make sure that key markets such as Egypt, Morocco and Israel understand that seed quality and production standards will be maintained after Brexit.
Sandy McGowan of Cygnet PB told The Courier, “We’re an island nation, producing most of our seed potatoes for export in the north of Scotland. This means our disease pressure is lower, our bacteria issues are less and we have expert knowledge and logistics for our Scottish and English growers to call on.”
His sentiments were echoed by Rob Burns of AHDB, who said, “Countries such as Egypt, Morocco and Israel are some of the largest importers of British seed potatoes. As a result, AHDB, along with Scottish Government and industry, have to ensure the high health and quality of GB seed is appreciated by government and plant health officials in those markets, so that we continue to be their favoured supplier.
“That’s why we’re to host delegations from countries like Egypt, so they can see the crop in the field, meet our exporters, visit Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, and get an in-depth understanding of our industry’s commitment to quality.”
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