BPTA, in association with SASA, is hosting a 2 day Tuber Classification Training course on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November 2017. Please see flyer below for more information and an application form. The course is open to non-BPTA members.
The Scottish Government has published on its website a short report confirming the continued absence of Dickeya from the Scottish growing crop. A link to the Report is below
Follow the link below to the Flyer and Application Form for Potatoes in Practice 2015 which takes place near Dundee on 13 August 2015.
BPTA in conjunction with SASA is planning to hold a 2 day Growing Crop Classification Training Course on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th June 2015 at Gogarbank,Edinburgh.(The BPTA AGM takes place at SASA on Wednesday 1st July 2015.) Further details and an application form can be found in the following link:
SASA has published a Review of 2014 Potato Growing Crop Inspections in Scotland. Please click on the link below to access this PDF.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 623 0183. Further details and an application form can be found in the links below.
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.
Please click on the link below to read Defra’s letter of 23rd December 2013 on retail sales of seed potatoes
SASA has published a review of the 2013 Seed Potato Growing Crop Inspections in Scotland. You can view a copy here.
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.
The BPTA Tuber Classification Training Course on 5th & 6th November 2013 at SASA, Edinburgh has been cancelled.
SASA has announced the availability of the Scottish Seed Potato Marketing Leaflet 2013. This can be found at http://www.sasa.gov.uk/spcs-marketing-documents
Scottish Seed Potato Crops Entry Statistics 2012
The Statistics for area and number of crops entered for Inspection for 2012 are now available and can be viewed by following this link :-http://www.sasa.gov.uk/spcs-statisticsPublication of the equivalent statistics for England & Wales have been delayed due to the late planting of some crops because of the wet weather.
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
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