Storage Network - independent potato store visits
The storage network has not been running during the first weeks of Coronavirus lockdown. We are reviewing Government advice regularly to investigate whether we can run the scheme with social distancing controls
We're offering free one-to-one potato store visits via our new Storage Network.
The visits will allow you to get up to speed with their individual storage arrangements and to tackle issues you will encounter following the loss of sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC).
The Storage Network is a group of independent advisors trained by our specialists at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research. Alongside five additional storage research projects, it is part of an £800,000 ring-fenced fund to help the industry deal with the withdrawal of CIPC, announced by AHDB in January.
Adrian Cunnington, Head of Crop Storage Research at AHDB, said: “Store managers can call upon the expertise of a range of professionally qualified advisors, supported by our own experts, who will visit businesses to talk though the options, assess stores and provide advice on how to mitigate any impact.”
CIPC has previously been used in over 85 per cent of long term potato stores. Its approval was withdrawn on 8 January 2020, with a use-up period to follow, meaning it cannot be used at 2020 store loading.
Chris Yardley, one of the AHDB’s Storage Network Partners, said: “Storage will be a challenge post-CIPC. But through the Storage Network I want to help growers future-proof their store.
“Your one-to-one visit is a chance to discuss the latest AHDB research findings, enhance your Red Tractor requirements and start getting the best out of your store.”