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The Seed Potatoes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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3.  No authorisation shall be issued unless the Department is satisfied that—

(a)the seed potatoes are of a variety for which an application has been made under regulation 4(1)(a) of the Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 2001 for acceptance of the variety concerned on to a National List and that application has not been withdrawn or finally determined;

(b)the land on which the seed potatoes are growing or were grown—

(i)is not land in respect of which a notice has been served under article 32(4) of the Plant Health Order with regard to Wart Disease, Ring Rot or Potato Cyst Nematode and not withdrawn; and

(ii)is not land within a zone demarcated under article 38(7) of the Plant Health Order to prevent the spread of Brown Rot;

(c)the land on which the seed potatoes are growing—

(i)is land which as a result of a soil test carried out by the Department prior to the planting of the crop has been found not to be contaminated by Potato Cyst Nematode; and

(ii)is not demarcated under Schedule 15 to the Plant Health Order.

(d)the seed potatoes are taken from a crop of seed potatoes free from Potato Cyst Nematode, Wart Disease, Ring Rot and Brown Rot; and

(e)the seed potatoes fulfil the conditions for Union grade E specified in column 3 of Table 2 in Schedule 4.

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