ESPG argues for acceptance of seed potato tests

images magazine news 2012 maart hiddema sJust imagine that you are a Belgian seed potato grower and you export a batch of potatoes to another EU country.

 

 

images magazine news 2012 maart hiddemaJust imagine that you are a Belgian seed potato grower and you export a batch of potatoes to another EU country. Upon sampling in that other country, the possible presence of ring rot is reported. It is then mid February. All doors, including those at home, on the farm, are then locked. You are visited by your own inspection service. Within a few days, their conclusion arrives: nothing was found. Then there are more tests by your inspection services in the export country, after which the results of these tests are compared with the export country’s own tests. Here again, nothing was found. You must then wait for the official clean bill of health, which arrives two months later. It is then the end of April. The result is that you still have all your seed in the storeroom and the market is closed.Your seed is now worth nothing. Who is going to pay for that? This is a true story, says Upt Hiddema, the new Chairman of the ESPG and his expression suggests this could also happen to you.