New potato cyst regime begins

Potato growers are reminded that the new regulations to improve potato cyst nematodes (PCN) control came into force yesterday (1 July).

Most of the changes - brought in as amendments to the Plant Health (England) Order 2005 and the Seed Potatoes (England) Regulations 2006 - relate to the demarcation of fields infested with PCN.They include:

- Permitting demarcation.

- Prohibiting the planting of seed potatoes in demarcated fields.

- Controls on the planting in the demarcated field of specified plants intended for replanting.

- Prohibiting planting potatoes not intended for seed potatoes in demarcated fields, unless all reasonable steps are taken to suppress PCN in that field.

- Controls on the planting of potatoes and other plants that come from a demarcated field.


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