Seed potato export heading for record

The UK exported a record-breaking amount of seed potatoes during the 2010-11 season, the Potato Council was set to announce at last week's Potato Europe event in Belgium.

"We have already smashed the 100,000 tonnes barrier," said the council's head of seed and export Mark Prentice.

"Our growing reputation as worldwide suppliers is a result of careful development of seed potatoes to ensure great results in varying climatic conditions," he added.

British seed potatoes are produced for fresh and processed markets in Egypt, South America and Asia.

Prentice added that the high health standards were backed by three Government inspections - two in the growing crop and a final tuber inspection after harvest.


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