Voluntary Ring Rot rules

SCOTTISH FARMERS are being urged to comply with a voluntary ban on imported potatoes to make sure that ring rot is kept out of the country.

In response to DEFRA’s report on the lessons learned from the ring rot outbreak in 2003, NFU Scotland said the reputation of Scotland as a source of high quality, high health potato seed would be severely damaged if the disease took hold.

“Until safe havens are established or until Brussels take some positive action to contain the spread of ring rot, Scottish growers” best defence is to comply with the voluntary ban on imported potatoes,” said potato working group chairman Sandy Lane.

Junior DEFRA minister Ben Bradshaw announced last Fri (Oct 29) that he will implement 53 out of the 54 recommendations made as part of the lessons learned review.