Europe, UK, Ireland, News August 2021, Seed

Seeking a solution to the seed potato stand-off between the EU and GB

European potato growers want Scottish seed – and it is high time the trade with the continent was reinstated, reports Gordon Davidson in a news story for The Scottish Farmer.

NFU Scotland vice president Andrew Connon has described the post-Brexit cessation of seed exports to Europe as ‘purely political and totally unacceptable’.

Speaking at the official opening of a new Scottish base for seed potato specialists Solana Seeds at Wester Meathie, near Forfar, Mr Connon said: “Scottish seed potato producers have done a tremendous job over many decades in establishing Scottish grown seed potatoes as a leading global brand. …With more than 75% of GB’s seed potato exports coming from Scotland, this situation has caused chaos for many growers.

“The biggest issue we face is the lack of a current export market to Europe,” he stated. “…However, we need to find a sustainable solution to the issue and soon…”

Source: The Scottish Farmer. Read the full story here
Photo: Andrew Connon

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