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UK: Need for change drilled home at SAC Consulting potato day

If there was a common theme at SAC Consulting potato day at Scone, it was about the need to change. Potato growing simply cannot carry on as before in the face of the real challenge of falling fresh consumption. Dr Stuart Wale, formerly of SAC and now an independent consultant, characterised the 2014 season as a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. The good thing was the weather, with 2014 possibly the best ever year for growing potatoes. The ‘bad’ aspects were linked to disease, particularly haulm and tuber blight which had in some cases led to soft rots. The ‘ugly’ side is connected to price. Looking at ways of turning the situation around, Dr Wale is sure that collaboration across the industry would be more important than ever.

Source: www.thecourier.co.uk

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