BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014

BPTA in association with SASA is running a Tuber Classification Training Refresher Course on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at Gogarbank, Edinburgh. The delegate fee including lunch, refreshments and Vat is £240. If you are interested please contact the BPTA Secretariat at charlie.greenslade@bpta.org.uk 0131 623 0183. Further details and an application form can be found in the links below.

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014 membership letter – 021014

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014 Provisional Course Programme 2014 (Tuber)

BPTA Tuber Training Course 2014 Application Form

SASA Headquarters

Dickeya absent from 2014 Scottish Growing Crop

Follow the link below for a summary of SASA’s 2014 Scottish potato growing crop survey for Dickeya. The good news is that there were no positive findings again this year. SASA comment that these results reinforce the view that if industry continues to purchase Scottish-origin seed freedom from this damaging pathogen can be maintained.

Dickeya 2014 GCI Report by SASA

SASA Headquarters

Defra consults on review of fees for UK National Listing and Plant Breeders’ Rights

Defra has issued a consultation on review of fees for UK National Listing and Plant Breeders’ Rights. A copy of the consultation documents can be located at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/farming/national-listing-and-plant-breeders-rights-consult. Defra’s preferred option is to increase the various fees in order to reach full cost recovery in a staged way by 2016. The deadline for comments 10th January 2014.

Explanatory Leaflet for the Inspection of Growing Crops of English & Welsh Seed Potatoes 2012

Explanatory Leaflet for the Inspection of Growing Crops of English & Welsh Seed Potatoes

Fera has published The Revised English & Welsh SPCS Explanatory Leaflet and this can be found at
http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/publications/documents/spcsGuide0412.pdfThis guide gives some details regarding the measures mentioned in the 2012 Dear Grower Letter aimed at streamlining the administration of the scheme. It also details the revised procedure on burn-down requirements. In view of a recent legal decision on Tuber inspections at section 11 Fera give 2 links, one to the standards applicable to seed produced in England and Wales and the other to the standards applicable to seed produced outside of England and Wales.Fera is concerned that all should have received information directly with regard to the revision of Fees and Charges but just to ensure you have this information, the new Fees and Charges are set out at http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/fees/index.cfm  The SPCS fees are at the bottom of the page.Fera has asked that all entries are made in the correct applicant name, this is particularly pertinent for protected varieties that need to be entered in the name of the maintainer, Fera cannot subsequently change the applicant details and so if varieties need to be entered in the name of the maintainer it is important that this is done correctly in the first instance. Also, if applicants wish to give permission for others to apply for SPCS labels (e.g. maintainer/applicants giving permission to individual growers to directly apply for labels), you must ensure this is clearly indicated when the crop application is submitted.

Explanatory Leaflet for the Inspection of Growing Crops of Scottish Seed Potatoes 2012

Explanatory Leaflet for the Inspection of Growing Crops of Scottish Seed Potatoes 2012

The Explanatory Leaflet for the Inspection of Growing Crops of Scottish Seed Potatoes 2012 is now available on the SASA website. You can access it by clicking on the following link below:http://www.sasa.gov.uk/spcs-growing-crop-inspection-documents