Certis Unveils Tubercare Program
Agrochemical manufacturer Certis has launched a new initiative called Tubercare which aims to help the seed potato supply chain improve the health and quality of its tubers, reports CPM Magazine.
Following the hot and dry summer of 2018, producers across Britain have been battling to keep some viral and fungal pathogens out of seed stocks. In response, Certis has unveiled Tubercare at the Potatoes in Practice event at Balruddery Farm, near Dundee.
According to the company, Tubercare promotes the industry’s best practices while planting, growing, harvesting, handling and storing seed and ware tubers to improve the overall health of the national potato crop.
Additionally, it will look to promote the safe and responsible use of seed treatments, which play a vital role in helping to deliver the best quality potato seed and keep subsequent crop disease-free post-planting.
A dedicated Tubercare website has also been set up, to help deliver all the information to growers and advisers. The program also claims to:
- Develop and improve best practice seed production with the scientific community
- Provide advice on the optimal and cost-effective use of potato seed treatments
- Enhance seed treatment stewardship and best use through monitoring programs
- Support legislation compliance by producing bag labels for seed growers
- Promote the quality of the UK potato industry