The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture manages the Tasmanian Certified Seed Potato Scheme, which is a form of quality control for seed potatoes.
Certification ensures the propagation of high yielding, high quality seed lines, and is essential for the maintenance of a sustainable potato industry.
It limits the build-up of diseases within seed lines and allows the movement of seed potatoes across state and national boundaries.
How do I know I am buying Certified Seed?
When purchasing seed from a certified seed grower or a merchandiser the buyer should always ask to see the label stating that is certified. This should be a black or red label and contain the following information:
- Name of Grower
- Variety – Generation
- Region grown
- Paddock Number
- Month and Year of harvest
- Signature of an authorised certification officer
Doug Clark (Farm Manager, TIA Vegetable Research Facility).