UK growers urge better liaison English apple growers believe there should be a closer liaison with southern hemisphere producers to avoid seasonal overlaps. That was the view of Alan Todd, chairman of the National Fruit Show, (formerly the Marden Show) held at the Kent County Showground last week. He appealed for more common sense following what he described as New Zealand's "chaotic" Braeburn marketing at the end of the season, which clashed with English Discovery and the first Cox. But he expressed sympathy for NZ growers: "With more Braeburn being grown internationally we must hope that the variety does not become the scourge of the industry, as was apparent with Golden Delicious in the 1970s." And he added: "There are a lot of worried growers and the prospects for this season are not bright." While the English crop is reported to have exceptional quality with more tree ripened Cox available than ever, the variety is expected to come under pressure from other European bicoloured apples in a bumper year. French Gala growers are selling at the equivalent of 8p per llb, which did not cover costs, Todd claimed. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}