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AHDB organises urgent meeting for Scottish potato growers ahead of levy vote

As tattie producers start to cast votes which will decide the fate of the statutory AHDB Potatoes levy, the organisation has urgently organised a Scotland-specific virtual meeting to try to convince growers it gives value for money, reports Nancy Nicolson for The Press and Journal.

She says the levy board is currently under pressure to prove its worth to the potato industry after 61% of horticulture producers rejected the continuation of their sector’s levy earlier this week.

The AHDB’s so-called virtual “town hall” meetings are already in full swing, and many Scottish seed producers turned out for the first of these events.

AHDB said the meeting for Scottish producers would be held on Microsoft Teams on Monday, 22 February, from 1pm and growers will be able to ask staff direct questions. To register for online the meeting, or any of the town hall-style events, visit ahdb.org.uk/events/scotland-and-the-potato-levy-an-open-conversation

The organisation said: “The aim is to ensure levy payers are better informed before they cast their vote in the ballot.”

Source: The Press and Journal. Full report here
Related news story: The Scottish Farmer

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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