AHDB in the UK has reportedly launched its new “Storage Network“, said to be part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage.
Potato store managers from levy-paying businesses will be able to call on the network for a site visit and one-to-one advice, delivered by independent advisors who have received training and information from AHDB experts.
This new initiative comes at a time where significant changes in the way potatoes are stored are going to be needed in order to cope with the expected loss of chemical options for use on the 2020 crop, most notably chlorpropham (CIPC).
Adrian Cunnington, head of crop storage research at AHDB, says: “The Storage Network has been devised in order to allow agronomists and advisors to act as proxies for AHDB storage experts, allowing people to get one-to-one advice on best practice for their potato stores.
“It’s a free consultation that will allow levy payers to get up to speed with their individual storage arrangements, to tackle the issues they will encounter following the loss of CIPC.