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Scotland’s seed potato industry at a crossroads, calls for united front

Scotland’s globally acclaimed seed potato industry is at a pivotal juncture, facing challenges that demand a united and collaborative approach, according to a recent report by Kelly Henaughen for The Scottish Farmer. With a mere 186 registered seed growers currently operating in the nation, experts warn that without coordinated efforts, the future of this vital sector remains in jeopardy.

A strategy document, aptly titled “Sowing the seed for sustainable growth,” has been unveiled during the Potatoes in Practice event. The SAOS’s supply chain specialist, Patrick Hughes highlighted the need for the industry to maintain a united voice to uphold the key role which it plays in both the agricultural and wider rural economy.

The Scottish seed potato sector, renowned for its robust strengths, stands at a crossroads. To safeguard its esteemed global reputation, the industry requires a dynamic and agile organization, one that can seamlessly collaborate with governmental bodies.

As the industry navigates uncertain waters, the overarching message is clear: unity, innovation, and collaboration will be the guiding lights towards a sustainable future.

Source: The Scottish Farmer. Read the full story here
Photo: Patrick Hughes, SAOS’s supply chain specialist. Credit The Scottish Farmer

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