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The Scottish seed potato industry is a significant contributor to Scotland’s agricultural sector, with an estimated annual value of around £100 million. However, the industry has been facing challenges in recent years due to various factors, including Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by the Scottish Government, seed potato exports fell by 11% in 2020, primarily due to Brexit-related issues such as border checks and increased bureaucracy.
Despite these challenges, Scottish seed potato exporters are determined to revive their export business and re-enter the Northern Ireland and EU markets. According to Potato News Today, several Scottish companies have already started exploring the possibilities of exporting to Northern Ireland, while others are seeking new customers in the EU. They are also investing in new technologies and innovations to improve the quality and productivity of their crops.
One of the major challenges that Scottish seed potato exporters are facing is the issue of phytosanitary certificates, which are required for exports to the EU. According to the Scottish Government, there have been delays in issuing these certificates due to increased demand and limited capacity. To address this issue, the government has announced measures to increase the capacity of its plant health inspection services.