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Certification of seed potatoes in New Zealand is provided by the New Zealand Seed Potato Certification Authority. The Authority is a subcommittee of Potatoes New Zealand Incorporated and members of the Authority are appointed by the Sub-committee & signed off by Potatoes New Zealand Board. Membership comprises of 2 seed growers, 2 merchant members, 2 end users, 2 process industry representatives, plus one Potatoes New Zealand Board liaison.
The Authority is a completely independent agent of the potato industry. The Authority establishes the seed potato certification rules, including disease tolerances, and has the task of ensuring seed potatoes are true-to-type. This is done internally by Potatoes New Zealand and by contracting organisations to manage various parts of the New Zealand Seed Potato Certification Scheme or to conduct inspections to visually inspect crops in the field as well as tubers after harvesting.
Whilst membership of the NZ Seed Potato Certification Scheme is voluntary, growers cannot sell certified seed potatoes (the kind of seed potatoes buyers want) without signing up to the programme, following its rules and undergoing its inspections.
NZ Seed Potato Certification Forms: