Potato farmer wins tickets to Rugby World Cup opener

David Park, from Warkworth.
David Park, from Warkworth.

A north Northumberland farmer – and keen rugby fan – has won a pair of tickets to tonight’s opening game of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham after taking part in a farming survey.

Performed on behalf of Certis, the survey asked potato growers for feedback in relation to their farming enterprise, crop protection options and awareness of the Nematicide Stewardship Programme (NSP).

David Park, of Buston Barns, Warkworth, was one of the 1,000 respondents to the survey which revealed that around 70 per cent of growers are aware of NSP, a significant achievement after just one season since the initiative was launched.

“In addition to growing 250 acres of potatoes, we’re growing around 1,000 acres of combinable crops,” said Mr Park.

“Although we’re in the fortunate position to be able to grow potatoes on fairly virgin land, managing the threat of PCN and other prolific potato pests and diseases is a priority for us to ensure we get the quality end results we’re aiming for.

“Therefore, continuing to have access to the right products and precision technology, while taking an integrated approach to crop protection is key for us and other potato growers across the country.”

Inez Cornell, Certis arable product manager, explained the significance of the results from the survey.

“We were keen to hear real feedback from farmers as to what issues they are facing on-farm and what are the key drivers for their crop protection decisions,” she said.

“We’re really pleased to have been able to award the Rugby World Cup tickets to Mr Park and hope he enjoys his trip to Twickenham.”

Hosts England take on Fiji to kickstart the World Cup tonight. Kick-off is at 8pm.