Two-thirds of seed potato growers want to keep the field inspection for viruses in seed potatoes. This is evident from the poll on Akkerwijzer.nl.
During the NAK growers’ meetings, growers asked about the meaning of field inspection for viruses; they believe that the follow-up check gives a better result. Why would you still check in the field?
A good picture early on
However, the poll shows that 67 percent of voters want to keep the field inspection for viruses: the judge also pays attention to other aspects in the field inspection (such as breed purity, mixing and bacteria) and can continue to include viruses, these voters believe. In addition, 12 percent of voters believe that this inspection gives seed potato growers a good idea of the quality of the lots at an early stage.
On the other hand, there is a group that thinks the follow-up check is sufficient for testing for the virus: the follow-up check will remove everything, say 10 percent of voters. There is also a group that the field inspection for viruses does not say everything. Virus is not always clearly visible in the field, so a field inspection does not say everything about the batch, according to 9 percent.
Abolition for lower classes
A grower is calling for abolition of export classes E and A and B. Approval in the field is sufficient for this, he believes. A grower urges the sector not to go along with the following blurring of standards in seed potato cultivation: According to him, field inspection is an important part of maintaining good seed potato quality in the Netherlands.
The NAK will evaluate the follow-up process in the coming months. The reason for this is, among other things, the further increasing virus pressure, and the NAK will evaluate the follow-up process in the coming months.