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Winds of change in the offing? Ballot on the future of potato levy confirmed by AHDB

AHDB has today formally announced a ballot on the continuation of the statutory potato levy will go ahead in the New Year. The British industry body says in a news release that the yes or no vote on the future of AHDB Potatoes and the work it delivers on behalf of GB potatoes growers and buyers will take place from mid-February 2021 for four weeks.

The confirmation comes after 8.5 per cent of potatoes levy payers, or 176 potato growing or buying businesses, submitted valid requests for a ballot. Under statute, five per cent of levy payers are needed to request a ballot for it to proceed.

The voting period will open in mid-February after a separate ballot on the statutory levy for horticulture has closed, to avoid confusion.

AHDB says it will contact potato growers and buyers in the coming weeks to ensure they are aware of the ballot. Each potato growing or buying business who has paid levy in the 12 months up to the ballot closing is entitled to one vote.

AHDB is encouraging all potatoes levy payers to make their vote count and is holding a series of virtual

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