Potato growers in northern England offered research tool

Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) is offering potato growers in the north of England an advice package that their Scottish counterparts have had for 11 years.

The college is launching the package, named SAC Association of Potato Producers England, or SACAPP, at its conference in York on 17 February.

The tool will give English growers the same inside track on the latest research and developments in the sector that Scottish producers have valued for more than a decade.

SAC has had a potato consultant working across northern England for the past seven years. It opened its office in York around 12 months ago, from where two potato specialists provide independent research and agronomy and consultancy advice.

Senior SAC potato consultant John Sarup, who leads the operation, said: "We are making what is a hugely successful concept in Scotland more accessible to growers in England.

"For a basic annual subscription, growers and other members of the industry will get an annual conference, 10 topical newsletters and phone or email access to SAC specialists. Various agronomy and consultancy packages can be added according to individual needs as required."

He added: "There is a huge amount of information out there for growers, so what we aim to do is take the relevant bits and put it into practical applications that growers can use and hopefully profit from."

- The SACAPP England conference, Sustainable Potato Growing for the Future, takes place at Askham Bryan College. For further details, call the SAC Office in York on 01904 744190 or email john.sarup@sac.co.uk

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