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Council Directive 93/85/EEC of 4 October 1993 on the control of potato ring rot

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ANNEX IV

1.The officially supervised measures referred to in Article 7 (1) for the disposal of tubers or plants designated to be contaminated under Article 5 (1) (a) shall be:

  • use for industrial processing through direct and immediate delivery to a processing plant with appropriate waste disposal facilities for which it has been established that there is no identifiable risk of the organism spreading, and with a system of disinfection of storage areas and departing vehicles, or

  • other measures, provided that it has been established that there is no identifiable risk of the organism spreading; such measures to be notified to the Commission and to the other Member States.

2.The appropriate use or disposal of tubers or plants determined as probably contaminated under Article 5 (1) (b) and referred to in Article 7 (2), under the control of the responsible official bodies of the Member States, shall be:

  • use as ware potatoes intended for consumption, packed ready for direct delivery and use without repacking, and intended for such direct delivery and use, or

  • use as ware potatoes intended for industrial processing, and intended for direct and immediate delivery to a processing plant with appropriate waste disposal and disinfection facilities, or

  • some other use or disposal, provided that it is established that there is no identifiable risk of the organism spreading.

3.The appropriate methods for cleansing and disinfecting of the objects referred to in Article 7 (3) shall be those for which it has been established that there is no identifiable risk of the organism spreading and shall be employed under the supervision of the responsible official bodies of the Member States.

4.The series of measures to be implemented by Member States within the demarcated zone established under Article 5 (1) (c) and referred to in Article 7 (4) shall include:

4.1.

in places of production designated as contaminated under Article 5(1) (a):

(a)

in a field designated to be contaminated under Article 5 (1) (a), either

(i)
  • during at least the three growing years following the year of the designated contamination,

    • measures shall be taken to eliminate volunteer potato plants and other naturally found host plants of the organism, and

    • no potato tubers, plants or true seeds, or other naturally found host plants of the organism, or crops for which there is an identified risk of the organism surviving or spreading, shall be planted until the field is found free from volunteer potato plants for at least two consecutive growing years,

  • in the first potato cropping season following the period specified in the preceding indent, officially certified seed potatoes shall be planted for ware production only and an official survey, as detailed in Article 2 (1), shall be conducted;

  • in the potato cropping season succeeding that referred to in the previous indent and following an appropriate rotation cycle, officially certified seed potatoes shall be planted for either seed or ware production and an official survey as detailed in Article 2 (1), shall be conducted; or

(ii)
  • during the four growing years following that of the designated contamination,

    • measures shall be taken to eliminate volunteer potato plants and other naturally found host plants of the organism, and

    • the field shall be laid to, and maintained either, in bare fallow or in permanent pasture with frequent close cutting or intensive grazing,

  • in the first potato cropping season following the period specified in the preceding indent, officially certified seed potatoes shall be planted for either seed or ware production and an official survey, as detailed in Article 2 (1), shall be conducted;

(b)

in other fields:

  • in the growing year following the designated contamination:

    • either no potato tubers, plants or true seeds or other naturally found host plants of the organism shall be planted, and measures shall be taken to eliminate volunteer potato plants, as appropriate, or

    • officially certified seed potatoes may be planted for ware production only, on the condition that the responsible official bodies are satisfied that the risk of volunteer potato plants and other naturally found host plants of the organism have been eliminated,

  • for, at least the two growing years following that specified in the preceding indent, only officially certified seed potatoes shall be planted, for either seed or ware production,

  • in each of the growing years referred to in the previous indents measures shall be taken to eliminate volunteer potato plants and naturally found host plants of the organism, and an official survey as detailed in Article 2 (1), shall be conducted,

  • where officially certified seed potatoes are planted for ware production in the growing year following the designated contamination, the growing crop shall be inspected at appropriate times and volunteer potato plants shall be tested for the organism;

(c)

immediately following the designation of contamination under Article 5(1) (a) and in each of the subsequent growing years up to and including the first permissible potato cropping season on the field(s) designated as contaminated, as detailed in paragraph (a), all machinery and storage facilities on the place of production and involved in potato production shall be cleansed and disinfected as appropriate and using appropriate methods, as specified in 3;

(d)

in those production systems where complete replacement of the growing medium is possible,

  • no tubers, plants or true seeds shall be planted unless the production unit has been subjected to officially supervised measures to eliminate the organism and remove any potato or other solanaceous material, including, at least, a complete change in growing medium and cleansing and disinfection of the production unit, and all equipment, and, subsequently has been granted approval for potato production by the responsible official bodies, and

  • potato production shall be from officially certified seed potatoes, or from mini-tubers or micro-plants derived from tested sources;

4.2.

within the demarcated zone, without prejudice to the measures detailed under 4.1, the Member States shall:

(a)

immediately, and for at least three growing seasons, after the designated contamination:

  • ensure supervision by their responsible official bodies of premises growing, storing or handling potato tubers, together with premises which operate potato machinery under contract,

  • require cleansing and disinfection of machinery and stores on such premises, as appropriate, and using appropriate methods, as specified under 3,

  • require the planting of certified seed only for all potato crops within that zone,

  • require the separate handling of harvested seed stocks to those of ware on all premises within the zone,

  • conduct an official survey as detailed in Article 2 (1);

(b)

establish a programme, where appropriate, for the replacement of all seed potato stocks over an appropriate period of time.

The measures implemented under 4.2, along with the registration numbers of producers, collective warehouses and dispatching centres within the demarcated zone, shall be notified annually to the other Member States and to the Commission.

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