Sarpo Potatoes as a limited company came into being in 2013 as the trading arm of the Sarvari Research Trust. The trust has worked on the breeding of blight and virus resistant potatoes since 2002 and to date has listed seven varieties which span the various cropping and culinary genres.
Whilst the trust wished to continue pursuing its not-for-profit goals, it needed a fully commercial entity to produce and sell the fruits of its efforts … Sarpo Potatoes Ltd is the result! We have the full rights to produce, market and sell the Sarpo varieties within the UK, EU and across the world. We believe that we have developed a family of potatoes that fits a significant niche for grow-it-your-selfers, organic growers and nations where the potato is a staple crop grown in a more traditional way than in the agro-industrial west.
Our seed is mainly grown and marketed in Scotland by potatohouse @PotatoHouseUK although we will also have some Welsh seed growers who participated in our “Sustainable Potatoes, Wales” project. In 2021 we have a new seed grower in Ireland near Kilkenny able to sell stock into the EU. Royalty from sales of seed goes to the Sarvari Research Trust to fund research on blight resistance in potato and tomato and on the breeding of new and better Sarpo varieties. We have a Sarpo Breeders’ Club of enthusiastic amateurs who help us with our breeding. Contact us if you would like to join the club.
We realise that growing our varieties can help small farmers in developing countries who cannot afford to buy expensive pesticides or do not wish to use them. We have projects to export seed and to train growers and agronomists from several countries in Africa and Asia. Contact us if you want to collaborate on a project to use our varieties to increase yields and food security in Africa or Asia.