The foundation North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) recently announced that Geoffroy d’Evry has been elected as chairman.
The Frenchman, elected for a period of two years during an NEPG-meeting in Gembloux, is an arable farmer north of Paris. Among other things, he produces potatoes for the starch, crisping and chipping industry. Next to that, he is also the president of the national union of French potato growers UNPT, a delegate in the Committee of the European Starch Potato Processors’ unions (CESPU), and has a seat on the board of Tereos, a group of cooperative unions which processes sugar, alcohol and starch.
As the foundation decided that having a potato farmer as chairman could give a face to the NEPG, Jaap Botma of the association of Dutch arable farmers VTA started as the first elected chairman of the foundation on July 1st, 2020. After 20 months of service, Botma as scheduled is now being replaced by d’Evry. ‘The first presidency was done under difficult conditions, i.e. the Covid-19 pandemic, which rendered working conditions difficult, most things having to be done virtually instead of physically. Nevertheless, he did a great job and the NEPG thanks him’, the foundation states.
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