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Groundbreaking British potato breeder presented with Potato Industry Award

One of Britain’s most innovative potato breeders was last night presented with the Potato Industry Award, an annual accolade presented each year for the very highest standards in the industry by AHDB. Doug Harley, who heads up Cygnet PB, received the award at the Seed Industry Event in St Andrew’s.

Seed sales manager Croft took home the Above and Beyond Award which recognises those unsung potato heroes who go that extra mile to make a positive impact on the potato supply chain.

AHDB Potatoes Sector Board chairman Sophie Churchill, who presented the awards, said: “Doug Harley has long been at the forefront of seed potato production and breeding, not just here in Britain, but also internationally.

“Not only that, but he has also been committed to driving the industry forward through his leadership on our key industry bodies. He is an undoubtedly deserved winner of the Potato Industry Award.”

Doug said: “I’m honoured to receive this award. I have watched a few of my peers win and to be among such an illustrious group is a privilege. …I feel I still have a lot more to achieve and I have absolutely no intention of slowing down any time soon.”

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