Pests and Diseases

UK: Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at Potato Council have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes. Robert Burns, head of seed and export at Potato Council and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate this message, especially when growers are planning their seed purchases and planting around now. “Buying and growing only healthy seed potatoes is fundamental to our industry” Robert explains. “We need to keep our national seed potato crop free of plant diseases such as Ring Rot, not found in GB. If allowed to establish themselves in the seed chain, these diseases could never be eradicated, and GB’s potato industry would be severely affected by significant yield and quality losses.” More