In 2012 Edinburgh was the venue for the World Potato Congress hosted by the Potato Council. Find out more about the congress, including the programme, social activities and industry interaction at the World Potato Congress website.
Dr John Kerr from SASA spoke on the topic “Keeping it Clean … and proving it”. In the presentation John discussed the essential role of Classified Seed has to play in a robust and sustainable supply chain. His talk showcased the Scottish Seed Potato classification scheme as an exemplar. He went on to highlight the need for a harmonised global approach to measuring seed quality, discussing how the UNECE Standard on Seed Potatoes can be used to improve trading relations and give farmers, wherever they are growing potatoes, access to good quality seed.
SASA was one of the venues for several of the industry interaction tours on the Wednesday of the programme, giving delegates the chance to see at first hand the wide range of work undertaken by SASA in support of the potato industry.