26 January 1996

Spud levy chopped

POTATO producers have had their PMB levy for the 1996/97 crop year cut by £5/ha to £40/ha (£2 to £16/acre) despite fears that potato marketing scheme wind-up costs could exceed £5m.

John Heading, Potato Marketing Board chairman, promised the cuts would ensure that the Board remained financially viable during the transition to the planned successor body, the Great Britain Potato Organisation.