Potato exports at all time high

This year is set to be another record breaker for Scotland’s seed potato exports.

With over a month of the season still to go, exports of seed potatoes to non-EU countries have already hit an all-time high of 77,277 tonnes.

And it’s a doubly impressive achievement for Scottish exporters and growers as it means they have topped the previous record of 76,615 tonnes.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “For generations, potatoes have been a key crop for Scotland and, with Scottish seed potato production worth around £100 million, the same is true today. We have a worldwide reputation for producing high quality seed potatoes and 75 per cent of UK seed potatoes are produced in Scotland.

“Huge efforts are being made to maintain Scotland’s high-health reputation and with such a solid track record, I’m sure the delegates at the World Potato Congress will be interested to learn more about potato production in Scotland.”