British Carrot Growers Association
Celebrate the British Carrot
The British Carrot Growers Association is the major trade association for the carrot industry, representing the majority of the carrots growers and farms in the UK.
The carrot crop is Britain's major root vegetable, producing over 700,000 tonnes of sold carrots each year from 9,000 hectares. Each year 22 billion carrot seeds are sown in Britain, producing around 100 carrots per year for every member of the population. The sales value of British carrots is around £290 million.
Carrots are harvested in Britain almost 12 months of the year using the natural climates in different parts of the country and using different techniques. In Britain £290 million a year is spent on carrots.
If you laid all the roots end to end they would stretch 2.3 million km, 2.5 return trips to the moon. The total area in Britain planted with carrots each year is 9000ha.
Every year the British Carrot Association organise the Variety Demonstration and Exhibition - a trade event to show off the latest varieties and yields in the way of field trials. Most growers and seed producers pay a visit to learn about developments and to see for themselves the end product pulled direct from the field trial sites. This gives an indication of potential yield, flavour and colour for next years crop planting.
Carrot as far as the eye can see!
It is a great chance for all in the industry to meet and talk to the major seed suppliers and to judge the true quality of the crop. Every year the major companies are involved including Elsoms, Nickerson Zwaan, Clause UK, Seminis, Nunhems, Rijk Zwaan, Bayer Cropscience and Syngenta Each seed company is invited to submit on variety for an informal taste testing with results announced later in the year.
The Horticultural Development Association were also there with a very informative display highlighting their latest research.
Other allied companies displayed in the marquee including BASF, Hazeera, Agrovista, Bradley refrigeration and Garford.
Images from the fields:
Contact web sites:
|British Carrot Growers Association||Hazeera, seeds of growth|
Elsom brochures downloads here
|Nickerson-Zwaan vegetable seed distributor|
|Clause UK vegetables seeds||Seminis seed specialists|
|Nunhems seeds for professional growers||Rijk Zwaan seed sales|
|Syngenta bringing plant potential to life||Horticultural Development Association|
|Agrovista - leading supplier of agronomy advice and crop protection products.|
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