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Potato exports guide

Information on the conditions and phytosanitary requirements for the export of Scottish potatoes, where known by country.

Potato exports guide
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Israel

Seed potatoes (16 July 2019)

Wart disease

Wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) must not be known to have occurred within 2 km of the field in which the crop is grown. 

Potato cyst nematdoes (PCN)

A field soil test for potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida) is required no more than 10 months before planting or during the current potato seed crop growth close to harvest or directly after harvest of the current potato seed crop.

Growing crop tolerances

All plants with blackleg (Pectobacterium spp.) and their tubers need to be removed before harvest.

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for seed export apply, except for:

  • Potato Tuber Necrotic Ringspot Disease (casued by PVY NTN)  0%
  • All soft rots other than caused by Dickeya app. : 0.1%
  • Powdery scab (Spongospora subterranea): Cankers: 0%, surface area over 12.5% : 0%, surface area up to 12.5%: 1%
  • Common scab ( Streptomyces scabies): No more than 4 small spots: 30%, No more than 5 spots of each affected tuber as part of the 30% : 3%, Deep pitted scab: 0.3%
  • Black scurf ( Rhizoctonia solani): surface area over 12.5%  ..... 1%, surface area up to 12.5%  ..... 10%
  • Black dot ( Colletotrichum coccodes) .....  up to 30% may have no more than 33% of surface area covered

See below for additional advice. 

Other requirements

Import permit: required.

Class: only class Elite or higher is acceptable.

Packaging: new, unused packing material only. All containers should be free from soil and sand.

Labelling: each container should be labelled with the following information: country of origin, growing region, exporting company, crop number, variety, class/grade, size, "basic seed potatoes" and month and year of sealing.

Certificates: a GMO certificate is required. A letter restating the conditions on the import permit and exact consignment details should also accompany each consignment. Each page should be officially stamped and signed.

Laboratory tests

Israeli officials will conduct a laboratory test for brown rot on a tuber sample. The sampling rate is currently 200 tubers per container holding 25 tonnes. 

Additional advice

High levels of tuber spraing should be avoided as they have been a reason for rejection by Israel in the past.

Associated regulations and legislation

  1.     Requirements for import of seed potatoes from Ireland, France, Germany, Scotland and Denmark (2017)
  2.     Plant Protection Regulations (Plant Importation) 1970
  3.     Plant Protection Law 1956, as amended 1982

Additional declarations to be inserted on the reverse of the phytosanitary certificate for seed potatoes

  1. a) Wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) is not known to have occurred within 2 km of the land in which the potatoes were grown.
    b)
    Potato brown rot (Ralstonia solanacearum) is not known to have occurred within 5 km of the land in which the potatoes were grown. Potato brown rot has never been found in Scottish potatoes.
    c)
    Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus) is not known to have occurred within 10 km of the land in which the potatoes were grown. Potato ring rot is not known to occur in Scotland.
  2. Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is not known to exist in Scotland.
  3. Samples of soil from the land in which the potatoes were grown were drawn and tested by the Scottish Government up to 10 months before planting, during crop growth, or post-harvest and revealed no traces of Potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida).
  4. The place of cultivation was inspected at least twice during the growing season and it was found that the incidence of blackleg caused by Pectobacterium spp. (P. carotovorum and P. atrosepticum) did not exceed 0.5% and that infected plants and their tubers were removed from the field prior to harvesting.
  5. The field from which the crop derived was inspected at least twice during active growth and found free from Pectobacterium carotovora ssp. brasilense and Candidatus phytoplasma solani (stolbur phytoplasma). Pectobacterium carotovora subsp. brasilense  has never been found as the causal agent of disease in Scottish seed potatoes. Candidatus phytoplasma solani (stolbur phytoplasma) has never been found in Scotland.
  6. The field from which the crop derived was inspected at least twice during active growth and the incidence of Dickeya spp. did not exceed 0.03%.  Dickeya spp. have never been found in Scottish seed potatoes.
  7. Scotland is free from Potato spindle tuber viroid in potatoes.
  8. The seed potatoes were inspected and found to be free from Tobacco Rattle Virus (TRV).

Ware potatoes

Wart disease

Wart disease (Synchytrium endobioticum) must never have occurred within 2 km of the field in which the crop is grown.

Potato cyst nematode (PCN)

A consignment test for potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis and G. pallida) is required before export (PCN testing for export applies). SASA will charge for this test.

Tuber tolerances

Minimum tolerances for ware export apply.

Other requirements

Import permit: required.

Packaging: new, unused packing material only. All containers should be free from soil and sand.

Labelling: each container should be labelled with the following information: country of origin, exporting company, variety, place of packing.

Additional declarations to be inserted on the reverse of the phytosanitary certificate for ware potatoes

  1. The field from which his potato consignment was derived and the surrounding area (as specified), has never been found to be infected with potatao wart (Synchytrium endobioticum): 2km, Potato ring rot (Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus) 10km and Brown rot (Ralstonia Solanacearum) 5km.
  2. The potatoes in the consignment were grown and packed in a region known to be free from Colorado beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata).
  3. Samples of soil obtained from each lot were tested and found to be free from Golden Nematode  (Globodea rostochiensis) and Potato Cyst Nematode (globodera pallida).
  4. The consignment was found to be free from Potato wart disease.
  5. The consignment was found to be free from Potato ring rot and Colorado beetle. Potato ring rot and Colorado beetle are not known to exist in Scotland.
  6. The consignment was sorted and packed not at the place of cultivation but at a special packing centre.