Jim Paice keynote speaker for UK Onion & Carrot Conference

Agriculture and food minister Jim Paice MP is to give a keynote address at this month's UK Onion & Carrot Conference to be held at the the KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough.

The minister, who will give his address on the onion day, 16 November, will discuss current issues and take questions from the floor.

The conference is now a well-established meeting point, conference and trade show for all those involved in production.

Delegates will also hear from Cranfield School of Management senior lecturer in business economics Sean Rickard, who will give the keynote address on the carrot day on 17 November. He will speak on producer and retailer relationships in the UK. Other speakers will address challenges to quality and to supply.

Speakers at the onion day include Andy Richardson of the Allium & Brassica Centre on new approaches to weed control and researchers from East Malling and Warwick University on fusarium base rot and its control. Production issues and sustainability and food security will also be discussed.

The event is supported by Bayer CropScience and Elsoms Seeds/Bejo Zaden.For more details, call Bridget Pannell at British Onions, 01507 353788 or email bridget.pannell@pvga.co.uk.

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