THE LATEST developments and opportunities in the organic vegetable market will be the focus of a joint National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) open day.

The event will be held on 29 November in Warwickshire and will also look at the socio-economic benefits of organic horticulture and the latest results from this year’s organic vegetable variety trials on potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce and other crops.

“Growers need confidence in new varieties and in organic seed, which means that results from variety trials assume great importance,” said HDRA’s researcher, Phil Sumption.

Results from the HDRA’s Supermarket Watch Survey will also be revealed.

The open day costs £20 per person and a booking form can be downloaded from www.organicveg.org.uk or alternatively call Phil Sumption on 024 7630 8200.

The HDRA has recently changed its name to Garden Organic for its public facing work, but will continue to use HDRA for its agricultural and horticultural research activities.