Vietnam opens up to UK seed potato growers

UK-grown potatoes - image:HW
UK-grown potatoes - image:HW
British seed potato growers have secured access to the Vietnamese market for the first time following "many months" of effort by the Potato Council and the Scottish Goverment agency SASA.

Potato Council head of seed and export Robert Burns said: "Our mission to Hanoi earlier this year led to the finalisation recently of the importation agreement which is now signed. We are absolutely delighted that this important new market is now accessible for GB’s seed growers and exporters."

Vietnamese officials are due to visit the Potato Council and SASA next month to observe seed production at first hand, meet UK plant health teams, visit micro-propagation laboratories and mini-tuber production facilities and view this season’s seed crops.

With a population of over 90 million, the southeast Asian country's potato production has lagged at around 12 tonnes per hectare, due in part to a lack of quality seed.

"Middle-class consumer numbers are rising in Far-Eastern markets and they are demanding potatoes in their diet," Burns added.

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