Potato growers set to pay higher levy rate as Defra approves new figures

Defra has approved the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)'s proposed levy rates for growers for the next financial year - from 1 April 2010 until 31 March 2011.

The only levy rate change will apply to the potato levy - which is increasing by 3%. 

Potato growers will see an increase of £1.17 - from £39.00 to £40.17 per hectare.

Potatoes buyers will see an increase of £0.0051 - from £0.17 to £0.1751 per tonne.

The levy rates for the other five AHDB sectors remain unchanged from the 2009/10 rate.

The Potato levy increase received wide support during the industry consultation on the draft AHDB Corporate Plan which ran from 20 November 2009 to 4 January 2010.

The increase is to maintain the Potato Council service delivery needed by potato growers and their industry customers to meet the challenges ahead.


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