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UK potato producers to receive bills for full AHDB levy

This week, UK potato growers will be sent bills calling for the payment of the full AHDB levy of £42.62 per hectare  – despite the levy board being largely wound down. The AHDB is mailing invoices along with an accompanying letter detailing why the bills need to be paid and asking for “immediate settlement”. However, some sources day the growers will not be keen to fork out tens of thousands of pounds in many cases to receive nothing in return.

According to the report. the AHDB says the funds from growers, together with sector reserves, will be used to cover the costs of winding-down all levy-payer activity in the potato sector. This includes seeing out contractual liabilities including research programs (£4 million),  potato storage programs (£0.6 million), covering the costs of lease commitments and staff redundancies, (excluding Sutton Bridge potato storage facility) (£1.7 million) and covering the costs and asset write-downs of closing Sutton Bridge including staff redundancies and after site sale proceeds (£1.1 million).


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