Colin says, ‘Look after the humble spud and leave it at home when travelling interstate’
Growing up in Ireland and being a lifelong foodie, I am a great fan of the humble spud. One of my favourite types of potato is the kipfler, served with shallots, lemon, olive oil and horseradish. Brilliant!
To make sure there is always a supply of fresh, top-quality, reasonably priced spuds on offer, we need to protect the potato industry from unwanted pests and diseases. One pest of potatoes is potato cyst nematode (PCN), a highly destructive worm-like creature that can be carried on the potato itself, in soil or on other plant material.
Potatoes store and transport well, and so there is a significant risk of people moving them across a state border and introducing the pest to clean growing areas. PCN infestation of clean potato growing areas can seriously reduce the quality and quantity of potatoes produced.
It’s not only the farmer who is affected by the introduction of this pest; fresh produce consumers like you and I are also affected. Increased production costs associated with the pest are passed on. So, one way or another, we all end up paying extra for our spuds.
Give us a hand to keep the fresh humble spud a high-quality item in good supply, and don’t take it with you when travelling interstate.
More information about what can and can’t be moved across state borders
Colin Fassnidge is the well known My Kitchen Rules celebrity chef and proprietor of the Four in Hand restaurant in Sydney.