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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON THE STANDARDISATION OF SEED POTATOES REPORT TO THE WORKING PARTY ACTIVITY 2007 . Pier Giacomo Bianchi Chairman of the Specialised Section . UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES. MEETING 2007 CHANGINS (11 JANUARY): BUREAU

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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON THE STANDARDISATION OF SEED POTATOES

REPORT TO THE WORKING PARTY

ACTIVITY 2007

Pier Giacomo Bianchi

Chairman of the Specialised Section


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

MEETING 2007

  • CHANGINS (11 JANUARY): BUREAU

  • GENEVA (19-21 MARCH): ANNUAL MEETING

  • MOSCOW (20-23 AUGUST): EXTENDED BUREAU


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

ACTIVITY 2007 FOCUS ON:

  • DEVELOPMENT

  • PROMOTION

    OF THE STANDARD


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

DEVELOPMENT OF THE STANDARD

  • PROPOSAL OF AMENDMENTS

  • ITEMS BEING DISCUSSED


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

PROPOSAL OF AMENDMENTS OF THE STANDARD

  • ASSESSMENT KEY FOR COMMON AND NETTED SCAB, AND POWDERY SCAB

  • PURPOSE OF COMPARATIVE TRIALS

  • PROVISIONS CONCERNING SAMPLING AND HOMOGENEITY OF THE LOT.


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

ASSESSMENT KEY FOR COMMON AND NETTED SCAB, AND POWDERY SCAB (Annex VIII)


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

PURPOSE OF COMPARATIVE TRIALS (ANNEX VI

I. PURPOSE OF THE COMPARATIVE TRIALS) to read:

“The examination of seed potatoes in plots enables the assessment of the conditions specified in annex IV for randomly selected seed lots put on the market.”


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

PROVISIONS CONCERNING SAMPLING AND HOMOGENEITY OF THE LOT (SECTION III

D. SAMPLING) to read:

“Sampling of seed potatoes for certification purposes shall be carried out officially or under official supervision. To assess compliance with Annex III, tuber samples, representative of the lot, shall be taken at a minimum rate of 20 kg for each 10000 kg and may be collected either during grading or from at least 2 containers. More samples may be taken if one of the initial samples is close to tolerance.”


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

PROVISIONS CONCERNING SAMPLING AND HOMOGENEITY OF THE LOT (SECTION VI

C. NATURE OF CONTENTS OF CONTAINERS, SECOND PARAGRAPH) to read:

“A lot should be sufficiently homogeneous which means that seed potatoes within different containers are as uniform as is practical and will not vary excessively in composition and appearance.”


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

ITEMS BEING DISCUSSED

  • Common position on PTNRD

  • Procedures for assessment of non-compliance at destination.

  • Exchange of practices for taking samples for tuber inspection

  • Images to complement the List of Diseases and Pests

  • Questionnaire on the implementation of UNECE standards at national level


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

PROMOTION OF THE STANDARD

  • POTATO RUSSIA 2007

  • UNECE WEEKLY

  • PROTOTYPE FOR A TRAINING COURSE

  • CO-OPERATION WITH OECD AND EU


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

FUTURE WORK

  • procedures for assessment of non-compliance at destination

  • sampling procedure for inclusion in the Standard

  • PTNRD

  • images for the list of diseases and pests

  • Erwinia

  • PCN (potato cyst nematode)

  • exchange of information on crop inspection practices

  • control under official supervision and accreditation systems

  • electronic certification

  • exchange of information on post-harvest tests

  • vigour


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

NEXT MEETINGS

  • SPECIALISED SECTION – Geneva 17-19 March 2008

  • EXTENDED BUREAU – The Nedherlands October 2008

  • SPECIALISED SECTION – Geneva March 2009

  • EXTENDED BUREAU – Belgium October 2009

  • SPECIALISED SECTION - March 2010

  • EXTENDED BUREAU – Canada October 2010


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UNECE SPECIALISED SECTION ON SEED POTATOES

Thank you, for your kind attention


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