The Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) has postponed a 10 per cent hike in plant inspection charges from April to October.
HTA representative David Brown said Apha wanted to increase charges from £184/hour to £207/hour but the HTA had won a deferment. Brown said the HTA was to examine any savings that could be made in the Apha system.
He said: "As an industry we need to be sure we are getting value for money."
Apha inspections for diseases such as xyella are increasing, the HTA plant health conference in York heard last month.
Meanwhile chief plant health inspector Nicola Spence said a new professional register for plant health professionals through the Royal Society is being trialled through the Forestry Commission and Apha to be rolled out to the horticulture industry.