Europe, UK, Ireland, News December 2021, Seed, Trade/Markets/Prices

Scottish seed potato farmers continue to face Brexit struggle

Farmers have warned they face increasing pressure from restrictions imposed by Brexit on trade of seed potatoes. As David Porter reports for HNM, Aberdeenshire East MSP and Gordon MP Richard Thomson met with seed potato farmer John Lind and NFUS (National Farmers Union Scotland) chairman of the north-east region Andrew Connon, to discuss the issues being faced by the sector.

Following the Brexit transition period, the UK was classified as a “third country” and under EU Commission rules “sensitive products” – which seed potatoes and ware are classified as – require separate technical listings for trade to be allowed from third countries.

The Northern Ireland protocol means that in addition to exports to the EU, movement of seed potatoes from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is also banned.

Source: HNM | Grampian Online. Read the full story here
Photo: Richard Thomson MP, seed potato farmer John Lind, NFUS chairman of the north-east region Andrew Connon and Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin. Courtesy Grampian Online

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