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Fresh potato sector invited to free breakfast seminar

Certis will be offering growers and industry operating in the fresh potato market, the opportunity to be one of the first to hear about the potential for an exciting, upcoming new sprout suppressant at a free breakfast seminar to be held on the first morning of the BP event.

Certis will be offering growers and industry operating in the fresh potato market, the opportunity to be one of the first to hear about the potential for an exciting, upcoming new sprout suppressant at a free breakfast seminar to be held on the first morning of the BP event.

The seminar, entitled ‘Innovation in fresh market sprout suppression’, will be held a short distance from the main Yorkshire showground at the Pavilions of Harrogate, with bacon butties and hot drinks available.

According to Certis’ marketing manager Robert Lidstone, the seminar will provide an insight into an exciting new development in sprout suppression, that is already available to potato producers in the US.

“There is some way to go until we achieve full registration for use in the UK, but we are keen to demonstrate that a solution is in the pipeline, and we are delighted to be welcoming our colleague Tjaart Hofman to discuss the new developments,” says Robert. “We will also hear from a producer from the United States.”

He adds that the innovation is particularly pertinent given the recently introduced stewardship restriction of just one CIPC (chlorpropham) application opportunity to potatoes in cold stores. “This has huge implications for the fresh potato market,” he adds.

The seminar will also include an overview of the issues from those at the front line of supplying crops to the retailers, with Simon Faulkner, Agronomy Manager of Produce World discussing the challenges of long term storage and the needs of this sector.

The hour long breakfast seminar is hosted by Certis in the Crimple and Ryedale rooms at the Pavilions of Harrogate prior to the opening of the BP2013 event. Producers and industry representatives from the fresh potato sector are invited from 7.45am on the first morning of the event (Wednesday 27 November).

Please register your interest for this free event by emailing infocertisuk@certiseurope.com.