Production/Agronomy, Seed

‘Tattie roguer’ shortage threatens Scots reputation

Learning to recognise dozens of varieties and the diseases that attack them is vital for would-be tattie roguersThe success of Scotland’s £116 million a year potato industry could be threatened by a shortage of “disease police”. Farmers and agricultural experts are calling for more “tattie roguers”, trained to root out diseased and undesirable plants lurking among the crop. They fear a shortage of the seasonal taskforce could threaten Scotland’s reputation as a leading supplier of quality, disease-free seed potatoes. Only properly trained roguers have the skills, senses and stamina to identify and eliminate infected plants, they say. More

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