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									        ANNUAL REPORT

                of

THE SEED POTATO LIAISON GROUP

          for the period

   1 April 2007 – 31 March 2008
          Department of Agriculture and Rural Development July 2008
          Report of the proceedings of the Seed Potato Liaison Group
                       for the year ended 31 March 2008.

Background

     1.      In November 2003, following extensive consultation with the Northern
             Ireland seed potato sector stakeholders, the Minister of Agriculture and
             Rural Development announced the establishment of the Seed Potato
             Liaison Group (SPLG). The inaugural meeting of the Group took place
             in January 2004. This Annual Report outlines the activities of the
             SPLG during the period 1 April 2007 – 31 March 2008.

     2.      The Department‟s objective in establishing the SPLG was primarily to
             create a mechanism whereby unallocated levy monies could be
             allocated fairly and openly to promotional and marketing activities
             within the terms of the existing legislation. In the longer term, the
             Department would wish to see the Group providing a focus and
             leadership to the NI seed potato sector to enable those involved to take
             ownership of the sector and to develop a strategic plan of action for
             future sustainability of the seed potato sector within a more integrated
             potato industry.

Purpose of SPLG

     3.      The main purpose and functions of the Group which were defined at
             the inaugural meeting held in January 2004, are to advise the
             Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) on issues
             relating to the sector, and the identification of activities designed to
             benefit persons engaged in the commercial production and marketing
             of seed potatoes and which can be funded from the Seed Potato Levy
             Fund. Specifically, the Group was invited to:

                    make recommendations on the spending of levy money collected
                     from growers and merchants for use in specified activities for the
                     overall benefit of the industry. These activities may include
                     initiatives to:

             (i)        increase publicity relating to the seed potato sector
             (ii)       survey and develop markets for seed potatoes
             (iii)      conduct, or assist the conduct of, research and development
                        and work of an experimental nature in connection with the seed
                        potato industry
             (iv)       grow and produce stocks of, or encourage the growing and
                        production of stocks of, seed potatoes which have a high degree
                        of freedom from disease;

                    identify options for carrying out promotion and development
                     functions on behalf of the sector; and




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               examine and lobby the Department with sector requirements in
                technical and Research and Development initiatives.

      4.    Further details of the Terms of Reference established for the Group,
            including membership arrangements, reporting requirements and the
            processing of applications to the Seed Potato Levy Fund are contained
            at Annex 1 to this Report.

Membership of SPLG

      5.    Members of the SPLG are appointed by the Department of Agriculture
            and Rural Development, following receipt of nominations from persons
            and organisations representative of the NI potato sector. Further
            details regarding membership are provided at Annex 1 to this Report.

      6.    The members of the Group during the period of this Report were:

            Members nominated by the Ulster Farmers Union
                Mr James Lawrence
                Mr Robert Murray
                Mr William Murphy
                Mr William Taylor

            Members nominated by the Northern Ireland Potato Marketing
            Association
                  Mr Robin Cherry MBE
                  Mr Jim McCreight
                  Mr Jim Ringrose
                  Mrs Amanda Laughlin

      7.    The Chairman of the SPLG is Mr Robin Cherry MBE and the Deputy
            Chairman is Mr Jim Ringrose.


Activities of SPLG

      8.    During the period of this Report, two formal meetings of the Group
            were held, on 12th September 2007 and 6th March 2008. There were
            three meetings in the calendar year 2007 and there have been three so
            far in calendar year 2008.

      9.    This Report focuses on applications considered and project proposals
            recommended by the SPLG for financial assistance from the Seed
            Potato Levy Fund. Whilst deliberations at SPLG meetings were
            primarily focussed on Seed Potato Levy Fund applications and
            proposals for future marketing / promotional activities, other issues
            were discussed. Such issues included the proposed revocation of the
            Seed Potato Levy Fund Scheme and the future role of the SPLG itself.
            A more detailed account of the issues discussed by the Group is
            provided in the minutes of proceedings of all formal SPLG meetings.



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            These can be viewed on the Department of Agriculture and Rural
            Development‟s website. Alternatively, copies of the minutes can be
            obtained on written request from DARD Farm Policy Branch, Room
            910 Dundonald House, Belfast, BT4 3SB.

Seed Potato Levy Fund

      10.   The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible
            for the collection and disbursement of the Seed Potato Levy Fund for
            which there is legal provision under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous
            Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1984 and the Seed Potato (Levy)
            Order (Northern Ireland) 1985. The current rates of levy are £5.00 per
            half hectare or part of a half hectare for the certification of seed potato
            crops; and £0.90 per tonne or part of a tonne for the sealing of
            packages or containers of seed potato tubers. These rates have
            remained unchanged since 1987 and 1990 respectively.

      11.   The SPLG in carrying out its role to identify and make
            recommendations to DARD on activities that will benefit the seed
            potato sector adopts the principle that Levy funds should be allocated
            to create the following spending budget:

                         50% of Levy funds - trials and promotions (including GB)
                         25% of Levy funds - home projects
                         25% of Levy funds - research and development

      12.   A Financial Statement detailing the opening balance at 1 April 2007
            has been prepared and is appended at Annex 2 of this Report. The
            statement sets out the amount of seed potato levy collected in the 2007
            season, the amounts disbursed and balance of funds carried forward at
            31 March 2008.


Applications for Seed Potato Levy Funding

      13.   During the period covered by this Report a total of one application for
            Seed Potato Levy Funding was received as follows:

               Application received on 20th February 2008 from Potato Partners
                Northern Ireland (PPNI) Ltd for funding to assist with expenditure on
                the 2006 seed potato trials in Morocco, Spain (Canary Islands) and
                England.

      14.   Annex 3 provides further more detailed information on the Seed Potato
            Levy Fund applications received during the 2007/08 financial period.

      15.   The Ulster Farmers‟ Union (UFU) Seed Potato Store Hygiene Training
            Scheme took place in 2007. 62 seed growers took part, which
            represents best practice skills updating for 58% of Northern Ireland‟s
            seed potato sector. They attended workshops at venues, voluntary



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            seed potato stores, across the Province and later demonstrated
            application of new skills gained. In total, this project made use of
            £13,000 of levy funds, providing barrier payments to attendees to
            facilitate attendance. The total includes £600 to cover expenses by
            host venues.

      16.   In 2007, £1,700 was set aside to cover an application from the NI Pre-
            basic Raisers‟ Association sponsoring of a proposed visit by Chinese
            Government phytosanitary officials. As the proposed visit did not take
            place, this amount was earmarked in the 2007/08 financial year
            pending a future visit. However, as there is now no indication that the
            visit is to take place, this amount has been returned to the levy fund
            balance (as at Annex 2). The SPLG has decided that, should the event
            occur, it will be given positive consideration in the future.

      17.   PPNI Ltd seed potato trials in Morocco, Spain and England took place
            during 2007. These allowed several seed potato breeders to have their
            varieties showcased abroad for potential commercial customers. A post
            project evaluation is at Annex 4.

      18.   Project promoters in receipt of Seed Potato Levy Fund grant
            assistance are required to conduct a post project evaluation (PPE) for
            each project, the details of which must be submitted to the Department
            within 3 months of completion of the project. Annex 4 provides details
            of PPEs submitted in respect of approved projects completed during
            2007/08.

Information and Publicity

      19.   The SPLG took steps to ensure that information was disseminated to
            stakeholders and the press about promotional activities and initiatives
            to improve and promote NI seed potatoes.

Costs of administering the Group

      20.   DARD provides secretarial support and conference room facilities at
            the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
            Greenmount Campus for SPLG meetings. In addition, officials
            representing DARD Farm Policy, Scientific and Technical Branches
            attend meetings on request to advise on relevant issues.

      21.   The cost of DARD administration services to the SPLG during the
            period of this Report were £53.00 for provision of refreshments; and
            £379.67 for estimated DARD staff time for attendance at meetings.
            These expenses and other costs, including hire of premises, staff time
            preparing and issuing minutes, consideration of funding applications
            etc are subsumed within normal DARD running costs.




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    Proposed Revocation of the Seed Potato Levy Fund Scheme

      22.   Following the Minister‟s announcement of the future support
            arrangements on 16th January 2007, a consultation was launched on
            the revocation of the levy fund. Following restoration of devolution, the
            new Minister decided in July 2007 to continue collection of the levy in
            2007, pending further discussion with and input from the industry on
            the future of and potential alternatives to the levy scheme.

      23.   Following further representation from the industry, the Minister agreed
            to the collection of the seed potato levy in 2008, in order to give the
            sector time in which to put alternative arrangements in place.

      24.   The SPLG would encourage levy payers and / or organisations
            involved in the seed potato sector, who have innovative ideas for
            marketing development / promotional type projects, and that would
            indicate potential benefit for the Northern Ireland seed potato sector, to
            submit details of their proposals to the Department with a view to
            securing Levy Fund assistance. Project proposals considered eligible
            for assistance under the Seed Potato Levy Fund Scheme will be
            awarded funding at a level determined by the Department in
            accordance with State Aid and Levy Fund Scheme Rules. A sample
            application form for this purpose is provided at Annex 5.

      25.   This Report has been prepared by DARD and endorsed by the SPLG.
            The Report can be accessed on the DARD website at
            http://www.dardni.gov.uk/farmpolicy/ or copies can be obtained on
            request from DARD Farm Policy Branch, Room 910, Dundonald
            House, Belfast BT4 3SB. Telephone (028) 9076 5867.




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                                                                             ANNEX 1

Seed Potato Liaison Group - Terms of Reference

Membership

Membership of the Seed Potato Liaison Group (SPLG) is determined by nominations
from persons and organisations representative of the potato industry. A key
requirement is that nominations must satisfy the Department that the Group is
broadly representative of all sectors, with nominated members who are considered
to have an active interest in the industry and be inclusive of breeders, growers,
processors and those who market seed potatoes. The Group is not established in
legislation and members will be appointed by means of a formal letter from the
Department. Initially, the Group should comprise no more than eight members. The
Department reserves the right to appoint further members in the interests of bringing
a balanced representation and/or experience to the work of the Group.

SPLG Members are required to serve on a voluntary basis and there will be no
arrangements for payment of any expenses incurred. Periods of tenure of
membership will be at the discretion of the Group, but subject to approval by DARD
should problems arise.

Current membership of the SPLG consists of eight members who are representative
of both seed potato growers and merchants. Four members have been nominated by
the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) and four by the Northern Ireland Potato Marketing
Association (NIPMA). Representative organisations on the SPLG may nominate
substitutions / replacements at their discretion subject to prior notification of and
approval by the Department.

The Group was established as a voluntary advisory Group to government. The
Group has no direct responsibility for the control and allocation of funds derived from
the seed potato levy. Decisions on the disbursement of levy funds rest solely with
the Department.

Reporting

The Group will meet on a regular basis, and not less than three times a year. Its
activities and progress will be reviewed and evaluated by DARD on an annual basis.
The Group will be required to endorse an Annual Report and financial statement
which the Department will make available to all seed potato growers and merchants

Seed Potato Levy Funds Applications Procedures

It is expected that the SPLG will play the key role in developing proposals and
making recommendations for initiatives that will result in the Group making
application to the Department for financial support from the Seed Potato Levy Fund.
Such proposals will require the SPLG to submit a formal application (using Form
SPLF/1) signed by the Chairperson and one other Group member.




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All applications for financial support from the Seed Potato Levy Fund must be made
directly to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Farm Policy
Branch, Room 910, Dundonald House, Belfast BT4 3SB using Form SPLF/1, as at
Annexe 5.

Assessment of Applications

An assessment panel comprising of Departmental officials representing policy,
technical and scientific Divisions, will assess each application for financial support
from the Levy Fund. The Department will consider the merits of the detail set out in
each application form. The Department may seek clarification from the SPLG
Chairperson on points of detail concerning an application in order to facilitate an
informed and balanced decision on the allocation of Levy funds.

It is anticipated that, generally, applications for financial support from the Levy fund
being promoted by the SPLG may receive up to 100% funding, based on actual cost
/ receipts. However, the Department will reserve the right to determine the maximum
award of funds, items eligible for reimbursement and, in specific circumstances and
where appropriate, the rate of grant aid applicable for meeting the costs of
implementing each initiative.

The Head of the Department‟s Farm Policy Branch will inform the Chairperson of the
SPLG in writing of each decision.

Procedure for Applications from Private / Commercial Interests / Promoters

In the event of a direct application received by the Department from a private
individual, company or other organisation/body involved in the commercial
production or marketing of seed potatoes for financial support from the Seed Potato
Levy Fund, the Department‟s Farm Policy Branch will, in the first instance, determine
whether the application is compliant with the Seed Potato Levy Fund Scheme
eligibility requirements. Subject to the eligibility of such an application, the
Department will consult with the SPLG by circulating a copy of each application to
the SPLG chairperson under a “Commercial in Confidence” heading. For each
consultation the SPLG will be invited to discuss the application at their next meeting
and to submit, within 4 weeks from the date of the consultation letter, a co-ordinated
response to the Department‟s Farm Policy Branch which sets out the Groups
reasoned opinion on the quality of the application including the anticipated benefits
or otherwise which the proposed initiative / project for which funding support is
sought may provide.

Each application received from the private / commercial sector will be considered by
the Department‟s Assessment Panel on the merits of the detail set out in the
application form and take full account of the written comments received from the
SPLG as a result of the prior consultation process. However, the Department may
seek clarification from the applicant or SPLG Chairperson on points of detail
concerning an application in order to facilitate an informed and balanced decision on
the allocation of Levy funds.




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The Department will reserve the right to determine the maximum award of funds and,
in specific circumstance and where appropriate, the rate of grant aid applicable for
meeting the costs of implementing each initiative.

The Head of the Department‟s Farm Policy Branch will inform each applicant for
Levy Fund financial support in writing of the decision. Awards of Levy Fund financial
support will be subject to a letter of offer which will set out terms and conditions and
attach an “acceptance” pro-forma, which must be signed by:

   (a) the SPLG Chairperson in respect of any application by the SPLG recipient; or
   (b) the private individual, Chairperson of the company or organisation /body

within 2 weeks from the date of the letter of offer.

Review of Decision

In the event that the SPLG and / or a private individual, commercial or other
organisation / body applicant may wish to challenge the decision of the Department
concerning the rejection of an application or an award of Levy Funding in respect of
an application, the SPLG or private individual, commercial or other organisation /
body applicant concerned may write to the Department‟s Deputy Director of Policy
outlining their concerns and seeking a review of the decision.

Payment of expenditure eligible for Levy Fund Financial Support

Amounts due in respect of eligible expenditure incurred by the SPLG in the
development / implementation of an initiative approved for funding support from the
Levy Fund will be processed and paid by the Department‟s Quality Assurance
Branch (QAB) on receipt of an invoice directly from the supplier / service provider.

Payment of eligible expenditure incurred by a private individual, company or other
organisation / body promoter of an initiative / project to be assisted from the Levy
Fund will only be made on completion of the initiative / project and on receipt, by the
Department, of the relevant paid invoices. Completed initiatives will be subject to
evaluation by the promoter with recommendations as to lessons learned.




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                                                                            ANNEX 2



SEED POTATO LEVY FUND 2007/08 FINANCIAL PERIOD


INCOME
Levy Income                                      £             £
Balance brought forward                      63,268.48
Tuber inspection                             10,398.54
Growing Crops                                 7,650.50

Total Levy Income                                             81,317.52

EXPENDITURE
Grants Paid
PPNI - Seed Potato Trials 2007 *              11,000.00
UFU Seed Potato Store Hygiene Training        13,000.00



Total Expenditure                                             24,000.00

Balance of Levy Funds carried forward                         57,317.52




AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR ALLOCATION                               57,317.52




* Not all funds yet paid out due to delays in receiving invoices and PPEs




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                                                                          ANNEX 3

Applications submitted to SPLG during the period 01 April 2007 – 31 March
2008


Submitted        Title       /   Grant        Recommended   DARD         Maximum
by               Description     assistance   by SPLG       Assessment   amount
                                 requested                  Panel        allocated
                                                            Decision
Potato           2008   Seed     £13,770      Yes           Approved     £13,770
Partners    NI   Potato Trials
Ltd              in    Spain,
                 Morocco
                 and England

                 TOTAL           £13,770                                 £13,770



All projects awarded Seed Potato Levy Fund assistance are subject to a post project
evaluation (PPE) by the promoter, following completion. See Annex 4 for PPEs
submitted during 2007-08.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ANNEX 4

POST PROJECT EVALUATIONS

                 FUNDING FOR PPNI TRIALS PROGRAMME 2007

                       REPORT ON SPANISH TRIAL SITES 2007


Trial Site - Valladolid, Northern Spain
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The main purpose of this trial is evaluation of breeders‟ seedlings at a relatively early
stage in their development. There were 2 trials, an advanced seedling trial and an
observation trial; the results from the 2007 campaign are attached. From these
results we hope to identify the seedlings that are suitable for this region and progress
to demonstration plots and ultimately an Open Day for growers from the surrounding
area. The site in 2007 was visited in August by invited breeders and representatives
from other EU countries and also further afield from New Zealand Crop and Food.

In 2007 several advanced seedlings performed very well: L5937/2 was the highest
yielding with moderate appearance. This seedling is a Saxon x Milagro cross which
performs well in the UK and overseas. Estrella and Sunset also produced high yields
with Estrella producing a very attractive sample. L5937/2 is a new red seedling bred
from Sunset and breeding line L4300/2 selected for performance in hot climates.
Sparkle (L4729/1), Rosegarden (L4250/3) and L4280/25 (previously Estelar) also
performed well although the latter is probably too early for this region. The best new
seedling was L5443/22 with a good yield and excellent appearance.

Several PPNI seedlings also performed well P5306/2, P5748/1. Several New
Zealand seedlings produced high yields but were either of poor appearance or poor
colour. JMH6 (John Mc Broom) yielded well with average appearance.

The observation trial suffered from poor weed control and as it was a single
replicate, little useful information could be gained from it. P6264/3, L5843/4,
P6159/7, R6383/12, P6396/10 yielded well had acceptable appearance.

Yields were below average in 2007 (normal yields for Desiree and Spunta in trials in
this region are 25-30kg per 16 plants) due mainly to poor weed control, with this
problem identified work is currently being undertaken to improve the site in 2008, in
particular, weed control and spacing of plots. Personnel responsible for the Spanish
trials visited NIHPBS at Loughgall in the Summer of 2007 to view trials sites and
discuss improvements for the future with Paul Watts.



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Trial Site – Seville, Southern Spain

Like the trial at Valladolid, this trial included seedlings from PPNI, NIPBS, New
Zealand Crop and Food and Northern Ireland Private Breeders. It consisted of an
advanced seedling trial. The conditions in this region are not severe enough for an
observation trial. This trial serves to introduce reasonably advanced seedlings into
another region in Spain.

In this trial NIPBS seedling L4276/12 (proposed name Charlemont) performed well
as did L4250/3, L4280/25 (previously Estelar) and L5443/11. Several seedlings from
PPNI and Private Breeders performed well and useful information was gained.

VALLADOLID ADVANCED SEEDLING TRIAL (3 x 16)


Clone         Shape   Size Uni Skin Scab Skin Number HH BC IRS          Over   Total   %
              score                      finish                          all   yield control
SPUNTA         4.3    6.7 5.7 Y      7.0 5.3    5.3                      5.0   39.1     109
DESIREE        4.0    6.7 5.0 R6 6.7 5.7        6.3                      4.0   41.3     115
MONDIAL        6.0    5.5 5.7 W      7.7 6.0    5.0         8.0          4.3   27.2      76
L4337/1        6.3    5.3 6.7 Y      8.0 7.0    6.0                      5.7   38.7     108
ESTRELLA       7.0    7.0 6.7 W      7.7 6.0    6.0                      6.7   39.1     109
SUNSET         5.7    7.0 6.0 R6 7.3 6.0        6.0                      5.7   44.6     124
L4280/25       5.3    6.7 5.3 Y      7.3 6.3    5.7                      5.3   37.0     103
L4603/2        5.3    5.3 6.0 W      7.3 5.3    6.3                      5.3   27.6      77
L4729/1        6.0    5.0 6.7 W      8.0 8.0    6.7                      5.7   41.7     116
L4276/12       5.3    5.3 6.0 Y      8.0 7.0    6.0                      4.3   32.3      90
L4250/3        5.7    6.7 6.0 R6 7.0 5.0        6.3         8.0          6.0   45.5     127
L5630/1        5.3    5.3 6.3 W      8.0 7.3    6.3                      5.3   40.8     114
L5306/1        5.7    6.3 6.3 W      8.0 7.0    6.7                      6.0   42.5     119
L5443/11       5.0    6.0 5.0 Y      8.0 6.7    6.0                      5.0   40.4     113
L5630/5        5.0    6.0 6.0 Y      8.0 7.0    6.0                      5.0   32.7      91
L5834/5        5.7    4.3 5.7 Y      8.0 5.7    4.3                      3.7   24.7      69
L5419/38       4.7    5.0 5.3 W      8.0 4.7    5.0                      3.7   23.4      65
L5758/3        5.7    5.0 5.7 W      8.0 5.3    5.7                      4.3   28.1      78
L5936/5        5.7    6.7 7.3 Y      8.0 5.7    6.0                      6.0   38.7     108
L5937/2        6.0    6.3 5.0 R6/7 7.7 7.0      7.0                      6.0   42.1     117
L5443/22       6.0    7.0 6.3 Y      8.0 7.0    6.0                      6.3   42.9     120
L5987/2        5.7    6.7 5.7 Y      8.0 4.7    6.0                      5.3   47.6     133
L4729/15       5.3    4.7 5.7 Y      8.0 6.3    6.0                      4.3   29.3      82
L5753/2        6.0    5.0 5.0 Y      8.0 4.5    4.0                      4.0   28.1      78
L5706/2        3.3    4.7 5.3 Y      8.0 6.3    5.7                      3.7   28.9      81
P5309/6        4.7    7.0 5.0 R7/8 8.0 5.0      6.0                      5.3   39.1     109
R6050/2        4.7    7.7 5.7 Y      8.0 5.0    3.7                      3.7   32.3      90
P6044/1        5.3    6.3 5.0 R5/6 8.0 6.0      5.0                      5.0   39.1     109
P6333/1        5.3    7.0 5.7 R6/7 8.0 5.7      5.3                      5.3   39.1     109


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Clone    Shape    Size Uni Skin Scab Skin Number HH BC IRS    Over   Total   %
          score                      finish                    all   yield control
P6338/1    5.3    6.0 4.3 Y      8.0 2.7    5.0                4.0   34.9      97
P6275/1    5.0    4.3 6.3 R5/7 7.7 4.3      6.3         6.0    4.0   28.9      81
P6275/2    6.0    6.3 5.3 R6 7.7 4.7        5.7                5.3   37.4     104
P6154/2    5.3    4.7 4.7 R5 8.0 5.7        5.0                4.0   24.2      68
P5748/1    6.0    6.7 6.3 R7 8.0 6.3        6.0                5.7   38.3     107
P5748/3    5.7    6.0 5.0 R5/6 7.7 4.7      5.7                4.8   29.8      83
1025/2     5.3    5.7 5.0 R3/4 7.7 6.0      5.0                4.0   25.1      70
578/37     5.0    5.5 4.5 W      8.0 5.5    5.0                4.5   23.8      66
719/44     4.7    7.3 6.7 Y      7.0 7.0    5.7                5.0   42.9     120
937-5      5.3    7.7 7.0 R2 7.0 5.7        5.0                4.7   45.9     128
MOONLIGHT 5.0     7.3 7.0 W      8.0 5.3    4.7                5.0   33.2      92
JMH6       5.7    6.0 5.3 R4/5 7.3 5.3      6.3                4.7   45.5     127




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VALLADOLID OBSERVATION TRIAL (1 X 16)


  Clone  Shape    Size Uni Skin Scab Skin      Num Flesh HH BC IRS Over   Total   %
          score                      finish    ber col              all   yield control
SPUNTA     4.0    7.0 6.0   Y    8.0 6.0       2.0                  3.0   14.0      61
MONDIAL    6.5    6.0 4.5   Y    7.5 6.0       5.0                  4.5   21.7      94
DESIREE    3.0    7.0 4.5 R6     6.0 5.0       6.0                  3.5   35.7     155
L5650/5                                                                           MISS
L4729/25   6.0    5.0 7.0    Y     8.0   4.0   6.0                 5.0    17.9      77
L5443/34   6.0    5.0 6.0    Y     8.0   6.0                       5.0       .0 MISS
L5443/48                                                           2.0    10.2      44
L5443/50   5.0    6.0   6.0  Y     8.0   6.0                       5.0    19.1      83
L5443/53   5.0    5.0   5.0  Y     8.0   5.0   6.0                 5.0    34.4     149
L5443/54   6.0    6.0   7.0  Y     8.0   6.0   5.0                 6.0    19.1      83
L5443/55   6.0    5.0   6.0  Y     8.0   6.0   4.0                 4.0       .0 MISS
L5843/4    6.0    6.0   7.0 R7     8.0   5.0   6.0                 7.0    38.3     166
L6023/1    7.0    5.0   6.0 R7     7.0   6.0   6.0                 5.0    24.2     105
L5697/1    6.0    4.0   6.0  Y     8.0   4.0   5.0                 4.0    23.0      99
L5443/36   6.0    5.0   3.0  Y     8.0   6.0   4.0                 4.0    15.3      66
L5443/42   6.0    4.0   7.0  Y     8.0   6.0   5.0                 4.0    17.9      77
L6095/1    6.0    4.0   4.0  Y     8.0   7.0   5.0                 4.0    25.5     111
R6158/6    6.0    4.0   8.0  Y     8.0   5.0   6.0                 5.0    25.5     111
R6158/7    6.0    3.0   6.0 R4     8.0   6.0   2.0                 3.0      2.6     11
R5680/1    5.0    4.0   4.0  Y     8.0   6.0   5.0                 4.0    16.6      72
P6406/1    6.0    4.0   6.0  R     8.0   7.0   4.0                 4.0    20.4      88
P6406/2    6.0    5.0   4.0  Y     8.0   7.0   6.0                 4.0    23.0      99
P6264/3    6.0    6.0   4.0 R6     8.0   5.0   8.0                 6.0    35.7     155
P6264/4    6.0    5.0   6.0 R7     8.0   4.0   4.0                 4.0    14.0      61
P5846/6    4.0    5.0   4.0 R6     8.0   7.0   4.0                 4.0    25.5     111
P6159/7    5.0    7.0   6.0 R5     7.0   6.0   6.0                 6.0    38.3     166
P6396/10   6.0    7.0   5.0 R4-5   8.0   7.0   7.0                 6.0    48.5     210
P6396/11   4.0    5.0   6.0 R6     8.0   5.0   4.0                 4.0    15.3      66
P6396/12   5.0    4.0   4.0 R6     8.0   6.0   5.0                 4.0    29.3     127
P6416/13   5.0    6.0   5.0  Y     8.0   6.0   5.0                 5.0    30.6     133
P6417/1    6.0    6.0   5.0 R5     8.0   5.0   7.0                 5.0    30.6     133
P6417/2    6.0    5.0   6.0 R5     8.0   7.0   6.0                 5.0    28.1     122
P6421/14   4.0    4.0   6.0 R6     8.0   5.0   5.0                 4.0    25.5     111
P4758/16   6.0    6.0   6.0 YREY   8.0   4.0   4.0                 4.0    20.4      88
P5062/17   6.0    4.0   6.0  Y     8.0   4.0   5.0                 4.0    23.0      99
R4280/117 6.0     7.0   7.0  Y     7.0   5.0   6.0                 5.0    45.9     199
R4280/118 4.0     5.0   4.0  Y     8.0   4.0   3.0                 2.0    12.8      55
R4280/119 2.0                                                      1.0    20.4      88
R4280/120 6.0     6.0 7.0    Y     6.0   7.0   4.0                 4.0    28.1     122
R4759/13   7.0    3.0 7.0    Y     8.0   5.0   5.0                 4.0    23.0      99
R5980/1    4.0    5.0 6.0    Y     8.0   7.0   5.0                 4.0    25.5     111



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         Shape
     Clone        Size Uni Skin Scab Skin      Num Flesh HH BC IRS Over      Total   %
         score                       finish    ber col              all      yield control
R6383/9   6.0     5.0 6.0   Y    8.0 6.0       4.0                  4.0      20.4      88
R6383/10  4.0     6.0 4.0   Y    8.0 6.0       2.0                  3.0      23.0      99
R6383/11  4.0     6.0 4.0   Y    8.0 4.0       3.0                  4.0      25.5     111
R6383/12  6.0     6.0 7.0   Y    8.0 6.0       6.0                  5.0      43.4     188
R6383/13  6.0     5.0 6.0   Y    8.0 6.0       5.0                  4.0      28.1     122
R6383/14  6.0     6.0 5.0   Y    8.0 6.0       3.0                  4.0      23.0      99
R6383/15  5.0     4.0 4.0   Y    8.0 5.0       3.0                  2.0      14.0      61
R4358/5   4.0     7.0 6.0   Y    8.0 5.0       5.0                  4.0      25.5     111
R4358/6   5.0     8.0 7.0   Y    6.0 5.0       6.0                  5.0      40.8     177
R4358/7   5.0     7.0 6.0   Y    8.0 7.0       7.0                  6.0      47.2     204
R4759/14  7.0     4.0 5.0   Y    8.0 6.0       5.0                  4.0      17.9      77
2279-3    6.0     8.0 7.0   Y    8.0 5.0       5.0                  6.0      37.0     160
MONDIAL   6.5     6.0 4.5   Y    7.5 6.0       5.0                  4.5      21.7      94
2852/5    6.0     4.0 6.0   Y    8.0 4.0       5.0                  4.0      20.4      88
2885/1    6.0     6.0 6.0   Y    8.0 6.0       3.0                  3.0      38.3     166
2886/3    6.0     5.0 6.0   Y    7.0 5.0       5.0                  4.0      25.5     111
2910-5    6.0     8.0 7.0   Y    7.0 4.0       5.0                  5.0      35.7     155
2938/1    6.0     5.0 6.0   Y    7.0 6.0       5.0                  4.0      20.4      88
759-3     5.0     6.0 5.0   Y    8.0 6.0       4.0                  3.0      38.3     166
875/9     6.0     7.0 6.0   Y    8.0 5.0       6.0                  5.0      35.7     155
915/23    4.0     7.0 6.0   Y    7.0 7.0       6.0                  4.0      38.3     166
DAWN      6.0     7.0 5.0   Y    6.0 6.0       5.0                  4.0      35.7     155


To date, PPEs for the English and Moroccan trials have not been submitted to the
Department. They will be included in the online version of the Annual Report once
received.




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         FUNDING FOR UFU POTATO STORE HYGIENE TRAINING 2007


The Seed Potato Hygiene Initiative was introduced as a training programme to
improve the visual standards and marketability of Northern Ireland certified seed
potatoes.
Key objectives of the seed potato hygiene initiative:

       Participants to understand the method of disease spread within store.
       Participants will become aware of seed potato store cleaning protocols and
        materials and implement best practice through undertaking a thorough
        cleaning of their own seed potato store and store equipment.
       Participants will also be able to select, wash and identify from a 50 tuber
        sample of their own seed potato stocks the presence of any of the five major
        skin blemishing diseases.

Course content
Four training sessions in the form of an interactive workshop were delivered. A
booklet „Managing tuber blemishing diseases and store hygiene‟ detailing identify
skin blemishing diseases, disease physiology, methods of disease spread, control
and action points on each disease was produced and distributed to all growers at the
workshops.

Each course was split into three workshops.

1. Disease recognition
Samples of washed and unwashed seed tubers from a number of seed stocks and
varieties were made available for growers to assess and discuss the consequences
on yield and quality of planting each stock.

2. Disease physiology and control
Large posters of each of the skin blemishing disease were produced and detailed
key points on disease spread and action points for control were discussed with
growers.

3. Store hygiene
The critical importance of good store hygiene was discussed with growers; the need
for good hygiene; best practice and a demonstration of how to vacuum clean the
potato store to remove dust and approved disinfectants.


Learning objectives for the course

After attending the course growers will be able to;

       Visually identify powdery scab, common scab, black scurf, silver scurf and
        dry rot from a washed sample of 50 tubers.



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        Identify sources of contamination and take effective action to reduce disease
         spread within store.
        Set standards to reduce disease spread and verbally discuss an action plan
         for their own seed potato store with their Crops Development Adviser.
        Clean store and equipment using the most effective and appropriate method.
        Select and apply an effective disinfectant using the correct dilutions for the
         different surfaces to be treated.

Outcome
Courses were delivered during June and July 2007 in Hilltown, Kilkeel, and
Bushmills and at Greenmount Campus in Antrim. Around 90 participants attended
the course, 62 of which registered and participated in the initiative.

Inspection Visits

Inspection visits to the 62 growers were undertaken as soon as possible after they
had indicated their readiness for inspection usually, within 2-3 days. These visits
were included as evidence that growers had undertaken the learning objectives.

We were impressed with the enthusiasm with which almost all growers had
approached this task. In one case the grower had carried out a cosmetic exercise
but when this was pointed out he undertook a thorough cleaning of the store which
when later inspected was found to be very satisfactory.

The in-store hygiene programme achieved a high degree of success and many
stores where for the first time dust and debris free.

The inspection required growers to present 50 washed tubers from the 2007 crop.
Their ability to recognise common diseases was assessed and disease control
measures discussed. Growers had in most cases learnt a lot at the workshop and in
conjunction with the Booklet given out they were in a position to make intelligent
effective decisions, which should be of benefit both to them as individual growers
and the potato sector in general.




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                                                                           ANNEX 5

Form SPLF/1

                        SEED POTATO LEVY FUND

              APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
        1.    Please outline below a description and objectives of the proposal.




        2.    Please provide the names and roles of those involved in the project.




        3.    What is the desired outcome and timescale for the project?




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     4.   Please provide itemised costings, with written estimates where
          appropriate. Please include details of funding from other sources
          and/or in kind where relevant.




     5.   How will the plan be undertaken? (i.e. please detail the various
          stages).




     6.   Please provide details of any technical and/or scientific value to be
          derived from the project.




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7.    How will this project impact for the benefit of the industry?




8.    How will NI growers and merchants who contribute to the levy
      benefit either generally or specifically from this project?




9.    How will the project be evaluated (within 3 months) on completion for
      value for money and benefit derived by the sector?




10.   If the project is approved, detail how and at what stage(s)will
      payment be requested?




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     11.    List ALL other grants/subsidies received by the applicant(s)
            (including amounts, confirming that they do not exceed a maximum
            of the equivalent of €100,000 over 3 years)




     12.    I, the undersigned, give the assurance that, if this project is a
            promotional or advertising one and is to be carried out within
            Northern Ireland, it will be aimed exclusively at visitors to Northern
            Ireland, in order to encourage them to try local products and/or to
            visit local production facilities

Name:
(Block Capitals)


Signature:


Date:



           (Completed application forms to be returned to: Department of
              Agriculture and Rural Development, Farm Policy Branch,
                  Room 910 Dundonald House, Belfast, BT4 3SB)




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