Work Package 1 - Economics

This work package is being led by Steven Thomson (SRUC)

Scotland's potato industry is worth £250million to the economy and employs over 2000 people. 


To investigate the financial consequences of PCN in Scotland through a detailed economic impact assessment.


Data will be gathered to develop economic profiles of the Scottish seed and ware potato sectors. A model will be developed, using data on potential PCN spread and control options, to estimate the economic costs and benefits of different PCN assumptions on the Scottish potato sector. This WP will be used as a source of information for the DSS (WP 2) and work with WP 8 (Knowledge Exchange) to provide an assessment on implementing PCN control.

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The Estimated Economic Contribution of Scotland's Seed and Ware Potato Sectors

Authors: Steven Thomson
March 2024

This report is part of Work Package 1: Economic Contribution of the Scottish Government funded research project: Delivering a sustainable potato industry for Scotland through management of Potato cyst nematode (PCN). As part of this workstream this report aims to provide new insights into the economic contribution that the Scottish potato sector makes beyond the often cited farmgate value of potato production. This report provides a statistical overview of this concentrated and highly regulated sector, including data on consumption, exports, imports, production, varieties, seed and ware sector – alongside estimates of economic contribution.