DEVELOPMENT of the UK's new Seed Potato Organisation is 'quietly making progress' and it will be launching in the next few months.

Following a packed-out session at the Potatoes in Practice event, held near Dundee last month, and lots of discussions with growers over the summer, a co-operative is now formally being set up to support the British seed potato sector.

Those who want to help support the development of the sector are now being urged to sign up at:

Aberdeenshire grower Mike Wilson said: “There was a real buzz at Potatoes in Practice, and it has given us the confidence to go ahead with formally setting up the organisation. We are now securing the details of growers who are interested.

Peter Shiells, a grower from the Borders added: “We have spoken with many growers now and we are clear on what we need to do to support the seed potato sector going forward. If you haven’t already passed your details on to those on the steering committee, you can sign up on our website, or pick up the phone and speak with us.”

Jim Cargill, a grower from Kincardineshire, spelled out why there was a clear need for this organisation: “There is a real danger that without a body to support and develop the seed sector, it will lose out on opportunities and its reputation. Scottish seed potatoes are highly regarded internationally, and we want to build on that.”