Back to the future for potatoes

Published Friday, 5th January 2018 in SAC Consulting news

Pictured: SAC Association of Potato Producers 19th Annual Conference 2018 poster

The continuing uncertainty over Brexit and the challenges facing conventional pesticides will be among the important topics on the agenda at this year’s potato industry conference.

Organised by SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, Back to the Future for Potatoes will be held at Perth Racecourse on Wednesday 31 January.

The full-day programme includes expert speakers, practical advice, workshops and discussions on the key issues facing the industry.

Innes Jessiman, Senior Potato Consultant at SAC Consulting, will set the scene for the 2018 conference by looking back at the last year of production and then forwards to the new season.

Among the guest speakers will be Simon Lever, Chief Executive of peeled potato and chip supplier Flyde Fresh & Fabulous, who will talk about the importance of getting to know customers, and David King, Head of Technical at Syngenta UK, who will discuss the challenges and opportunities in crop protection.

Martin Kennedy, Vice President of NFU Scotland, will give his views on adapting to change in light of Brexit, while workshops will look at tackling the “ticking time bomb” of Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN) and how opportunities for seed and ware export of potatoes can be improved.

SRUC’s Dr Stuart Wale, conference organiser and potato industry expert, said: “Back to the Future for Potatoes is the perfect opportunity for members of the industry to gather and hear specialist advice from across the sector. Not only will they hear about the challenges facing potato producers, but they will also learn about the array of opportunities and help available. We have an outstanding line-up of speakers and we’re looking forward to another successful event in Perth.”  

To see the full agenda, click here.

The conference is free to SACAPP members but is open to non-members. Those who would like to attend should email or call 0131 603 7525.

Members of the media who would like to attend, please contact; 0131 535 4196.

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