Importance of potato sector highlighted

Eilidh Whiteford MP with Potato Council ambassador Robin Cropper, at the Potato Council discussions at Westminster.
Eilidh Whiteford MP with Potato Council ambassador Robin Cropper, at the Potato Council discussions at Westminster.

Banff and Buchan MP and SNP Westminster spokesperson on agriculture, Dr Eilidh Whiteford, has given her support to the consituency’s potato sector.

Dr Whiteford was taking part in events at the House of Commons recently to mark Potato Week.

She met with representatives of the Potato Council in Westminster to discuss the contribution the humble tattie makes to the region’s farming industry, as well as meeting industry representatives.

Speaking after the event, Dr Whiteford said that the potato remains a crucial staple crop not only for the North-east, but for the country as a whole.

She said: “It was a pleasure to meet with industry representatives, and to give my support to this initiative which highlights just how important the potato crop remains.

“Potatoes constitute a tasty and nutritious dietary supplement, low in fat and surprisingly rich in vitamin C.

“Every year, Scotland sells thousands of tonnes of potatoes abroad, constituting a significant national export.

“The Scottish Government recognises the importance of this crop, and in August announced that it would contribute £627,000 to research into improving yields and reducing production costs.

“As a vegetable which is adaptable to a variety of soil types and climates, potato cultivation continues to constitute a major element of Banff & Buchan’s agricultural output, and I am pleased to join in promoting Potato Week.”

Potato Week was held at the beginning of the month, with consumers encouraged to be adventurous with their potatoes. Potato Council is a division of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, and is committed to supporting the industry.