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Seed Potatoes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Certification and classification

8.—(1) Application for certification of seed potato crops shall be made to the Department with such information, in such form and in such manner as it may require.

(2) On receipt of an application under paragraph (1) the Department shall allocate to the grower who produces the seed potatoes in respect of which such application has been made a number to be hereinafter called a “grower’s number”.

(3) Certification and classification of basic seed potatoes and pre-basic seed potatoes shall be carried out by an authorised officer in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.

(4) A certificate shall not be issued in respect of seed potatoes which fail to meet the requirements and tolerances—

(a)set out in Table II of Schedule 2 in respect of Class A, or

(b)set out in regulations 4, 5, 6 and 7.

(5) The Department may withdraw a certificate after it has been issued where an authorised officer is satisfied that the seed potatoes in respect of which that certificate has been issued have not been so grown, harvested, stored, prepared for marketing, transported, handled or graded as to ensure that seed potatoes of each class or variety have been or are kept separate from all other potatoes.

(6) The Department may refuse to issue a certificate in respect of any seed potato crop for which an application for certification has been made under paragraph (1) where the applicant has failed to pay to the Department any amount by way of levy due by him in accordance with Article 3(1) of the Seed Potatoes (Levy) Order (Northern Ireland) 1985(1).

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