Why are seed potatoes grown in Scotland?

Where do Majority of UK potatoes come from?

France was the biggest supplier of fresh potatoes to the UK with 52%, equal to more than 24,000t, coming from the country. This is followed by Germany at 16% and the Netherlands at 14%. The Netherlands and Belguim Luxembourg account for 82%, more than 465,000t, of processed imports to the UK.

Where does Scotland export seed potatoes to?

However, almost 80,000 tonnes of Scottish seed potatoes are exported to non-EU countries, Mr Cannon noted, with the potential for increased trade with Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Thailand.

When did potatoes come to Scotland?

‘What bliss it was to be alive when the potato came to the Highlands. It had first been cultivated in Scotland near Stirling in 1739 and was introduced to South Uist by Macdonald of Clanranald in 1743……

Do potatoes grow in Scotland?

Saving Your Own Seed Potatoes

Most UK seed potatoes are grown in Scotland where disease spreading aphids aren’t around and under strict conditions to avoid spreading disease. You can save tubers from one year to the next but this increases the risk of passing on and strengthening disease.

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Does the UK import seed potatoes?

Up to 10,000 tonnes of seed potatoes are imported annually from the EU for planting on British farms. However, the UK exports about 30,000 tonnes to EU countries, worth £13.5m, the majority of which come from Scotland.

Where do UK tomatoes come from?

The UK imports about 85% of vegetables from the EU. The Netherlands provide the bulk of tomatoes and onions while Spain sources most of the cauliflower and celery, the two fastest-growing commodities. France is the leading potato supplier.

Is UK self sufficient in potatoes?

The UK is self-sufficient in pre-packed potatoes but imports processed potatoes.

Who buys Scottish seed potatoes?

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, said in a series of Tweets that around 20,000 tonnes of potato seed is sold to the EU by Scotland – a fifth of all UK seed potato exports.

How much seed potatoes does Scotland sell to EU?

Scotland Food and Drink chief executive, James Withers, took to social media to point out that around 20,000 tonnes of potato seed is currently sold to the EU by Scotland, equivalent to a fifth of all UK seed potato exports, at a value in excess of £4.5m.

Why can’t we export seed potatoes?

Why have seed potato exports to the EU stopped? After the end of the Brexit transition period, Britain was classified under EU trade rules as a “third country”. … “While this has been achieved for ware potatoes, unfortunately the EU has not accepted the case for seed potatoes, meaning this trade is banned.”

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