Production technology

Production technology
 
The acknowledgement regulations are very strict and prescribe in particular :
  • Production limited on the "Ardennes".
  • Every 4 years potatoes on the same field permissible.
  • Official regulations over the herb killing.
  • Elisa-test.
  • Investigation on bacterial ring rot and brown rot.
  • Investigation of the fields on potato cyst nematode.
Technical efforts of SYNPLANTS :
  • Application of a reproduction field (post-control).
  • General treatments against the plant-louse.
  • Strong promoted selections on the fields.
  • Soil samples.
  • Breeding preservation.
Latter works are accomplished in closest co-operation with local and foreign institutes, which makes it possible for SYNPLANTS to take a favourable position within the European competition of the seed potato production.

Cultivation

The cultivated area of potatoes of the last years in Luxembourg.
Year Seed potatoes (Ha) Consumption potatoes (Ha)
1959 252 5800
1970 140 2400
1975 137 1400
1985 219 709
1990 363 471
1995 432 370
2000 582 243
2005 434 174
2006 418 177
2007 431 196
2008 424 180
2009 430 174
2010 482 133
2011 472 163
2012 466  

Sale
 
Official Directions
As already mentioned, Synplants has to obey to the official acknowledgement regulations. The lead-sealing is executed by the acknowledgement service of the farmer's foundation under supervision of the technical services of the agriculture (A.S.T.A.). All technical controls and investigations in the laboratory are executed or supervised by the department of plant protection of the A.S.T.A.

The official acknowledgement of seed was introduced in 1933/34.

Sale
Due to the declining cultivation area of consumption potatoes in Luxembourg, approximately 85 % of our produced seed potatoes are exported (in about 20 different countries) whereby the following destinations have a major importance :
E.U. (Mediterranean area), Eastern-Europe, North-Africa and the Near-East.