For new soft fruit plantations, selection of site, cultivars, and planting system must be harmonised so that regular yields of quality fruit, and hence economic success, can be expected with the minimum use of agrochemicals and environmentally hazardous practices.

For strawberry, and especially for raspberry production, a preference for sites where these crops have not been grown previously must be prioritised.

Sites infested with the soil-borne root rot pathogen Phytophthora spp. must not be used.

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