Industry invited to attend opening of new research facility

Potato growers are invited to attend the official opening of a new 600,000 research facility at the Potato Council's Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR).

Government spokesperson for energy and climate change Lord Taylor of Holbeach and Potato Council chairman Allan Stevenson are opening the new stores - which lie beside the River Nene in Spalding, south Lincolnshire - at the opening event on 2 September.

There, growers will be able to attend seminars on issues such as long-term energy savings and sustainability as well as look around the new construction.

Topics on the agenda include a review of the impact of climate change on potato storage by Bangor University's Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones, an industry perspective on sustainability by Branston's Dr David Nelson and "optimisation of storage costs" by Jay Wootton from Andersons The Farm Business Consultants.

SBCSR Head Adrian Cunnington said: "We are looking forward immensely to the opening of this exciting new facility at Sutton Bridge. Climate change is already affecting our industry and Lord Taylor is ideally placed to understand issues challenging our industry."

He added: "Understanding sustainability is key to the future and improvements can offer substantial benefits, often after as little as two years.

"However, growers should also be looking at their long-term strategy for storage and contemplating investments, like the one Allan Stevenson has just completed on his own farm, that will provide for the next 10 to 20 years."

- For further details, levy- payers should call Miya Kotecha at the Potato Council on 0247 647 8782, email mkotecha@potato.org.uk or visit www.potato.org.uk/events


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