Potato Training Courses

Potato Branch and Scottish Government Potato Inspection staff are responsible for running two courses for training seed potato inspectors:

Growing Crop Inspection Course for New Inspectors 

SASA provides an extensive range of plots at Gogarbank farm. The course normally takes place during the last 2 weeks of June. Trainee inspectors receive 7 days tuition in the recognition of the 30 most common potato varieties, genetic variants, and virus and bacterial diseases. The proficiency of the trainee is assessed by a practical exam. For further information please contact Maureen McCreath. This course is run for official inspectors in Scotland. Places may be allocated to officials from other authorities on request.

Immediately following the course for new trainees, all inspectors undergo 3½ days of supervised training to refresh their knowledge of potato varieties, undesirable variants and diseases. Tuition is given on inspection procedures, current classification issues and aspects relating to potato phytosanitary requirements.

Potato Tuber Disease ID & Inspection Procedures Course

9-10 November 2017

A 2 day course is offered at SASA, in conjunction with the British Potato Trades Association (BPTA), covering Potato Tuber diseases and Inspection Procedures.  Delegates will learn about the main potato storage diseases, pests and disorders via a series of lectures and practical sessions with live diseased tuber material. Scottish Government Inspectors will be on hand to explain and demonstrate inspection procedures for home and export markets.  Please contact Dr Rosalind McHugh for further information and to register interest.  The course attracts 12 BASIS points and 5 NRoSO points.

Courses for commercial organisations

SASA is happy to discuss providing similar training courses to those described above for commercial organisations. If you wish further information, please contact Maureen McCreath or Dr Triona Davey.