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If you grow ware potatoes in Scotland, covering an area of 0.1 hectares or more, you must notify Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) within 28 days from the date you began planting them.

Ware potatoes include all varieties of potato that are not seed potatoes.

How to apply

Complete form PP1 and return it to SASA with the following details:

  • your business
  • the date the crop was planted
  • the location of the crop
  • the area of the crop in hectares
  • the origin of the seed of your crop
  • the variety of potatoes planted

If you have any difficulties completing form PP1 you should contact your local Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate (AFRC) office for advice.


If your crop covers an area of 3 hectares or more, you must also notify the Potato Council by 1 June each year. You can do this online using the planting returns system. To register for this service:

Potato Council Levy Collection Team
Telephone: 02476 478606
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Your premises may be inspected to ensure the health of your potato crop. If an inspector finds evidence of disease, you will be required to comply with the measures recommended by the inspector, including destroying the crop and any further measures to prevent the spread of disease.

Fines and penalties

If you fail to notify SASA about your potato crop within 28 days of the start of planting, you are committing an offence and may be fined up to £5,000.