Tayside has been dealt a major jobs blow as supermarket giant Morrisons confirmed plans to axe dozens of jobs at a potato packing facility in Carnoustie.
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Warnings over aggressive new blight strains which can take crops down in days were not lost on dozens of potato farmers who gathered yesterday on the AHDB’s “Spot” monitor farm near Blairgowrie.
Top-notch seed tattie growers who are keen to make constructive changes to their businesses are being head hunted by the AHDB.
The latest potato stock statistics from 500 potato growers nationwide show Scottish growers hold 34% of Britain’s total stocks, up markedly from 25% at the previous count.
Potato enthusiasts from across the country are expected to converge in Coupar Angus on Saturday for the first Strathmore Tattie Day.
Potato sector officials say they’re working together to make sure key seed potato buyers in countries such as Egypt, Morocco and Israel, get the right post-Brexit messages concerning product standards and quality.
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Potato growers have been warned that another dry summer in 2019 could have much more serious consequences for agriculture than the drought of last year.
Conditions in Scotland’s potato fields are rapidly approaching those experienced during the drought of 1976, when yields crashed, scarcity created demand and prices rocketed to an unprecedented £300/tonne.