Restrictions For Growers Who Grow Potatoes On Am Contaminated Soil

The restrictions at a glance:

You can only cultivate varieties with appropriate resistance to the nematode population present on this soil. According to EU regulations, the yield of this crop has the status ‘contaminated with potato fatigue’. Consult the list of potato varieties available in the Netherlands with corresponding resistance levels for potato fatigue for more information.

As a result of the contaminated status, as from the 2015 cultivation year, you may only sell the potatoes that have been harvested on the contaminated soil to processing plants that the NVWA recognizes. This applies to sales to the processing industry, sorting companies, and processors for fresh consumption. You can use an (intermediate) trader.

With the exception of mandatory delivery to authorized processors:

potatoes that you sell directly to consumers;
potatoes that you supply directly to a farmer for use as cattle feed.
Points of attention when selling
When disposing of potatoes that have been harvested on contaminated soil, please note the following:

Store potatoes that have been grown on contaminated soil separately from potatoes that have been cultivated outside areas contaminated with AM. If you do not do this, you must deposit the entire batch to an authorized processor from the register.

You must be able to demonstrate which potatoes you have grown on contaminated soil and which company has processed these potatoes. You do this with the cultivation plan and the documents issued by the recognized processor or intermediary. You also need to make the delivery plausible and for sale as a cattle feed.

In the case of direct sales to an NVWA approved processor, you can prove with the documents you receive from these companies that you have delivered the potatoes of contaminated soil to 1 of the NVWA approved processors.

When selling through a trader, you must report the AM Declaration number (s) of the area from which the potatoes originate to the trader. The Dutch Potato Organization (NAO) -closed trader will mention this number on a sales document or delivery document. You no longer need to take any further action.

You can show this document when checked by the NVWA:

When selling through a trader that is not recognized by the NAO, you must agree that the broker will sell the consignment only to a processor approved by the NVWA and that the trader will provide you with a document from the receiving company. This must show that the ‘AM party’ has indeed been processed by a processor approved by the NVWA (delivery document, invoice, etc.).

The NVWA updates the list of approved processors as soon as the inspection service has recognized a processor.
The NAO keeps a list of NAO-approved traders for tare soil.
With or without the intervention of a trader, a grower can sell the potatoes harvested on the AM-contaminated soil to a processor of potatoes with a business location outside the Netherlands.

The grower must then be able to demonstrate that the location where the potatoes are processed complies with the requirements for the marketing of potato terracotta soil. These requirements are stated in the EU Directive 2007/33 / EC.
The NVWA performs random checks on the marketing of potatoes that have been harvested on contaminated soil.

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