Jersey legislation to strengthen UK marketing links Jersey's new potato growers are taking legislative steps to strengthen their marketing role in the UK industry. By the end of the year, the industry is anticipating that the newly formed Jersey Growers' Association will become the link between producers and the independent marketing groups which sell the 38,000t to 42,000t crop. Under proposed legislation due to come before the Jersey parliament before the end of the year, exporters will be licensed for the first time, bringing closer cooperation over how Jersey Royal sales will be developed and promoted. A JGA board under the chairmanship of John Le Maistre comprising six growers and three independent members appointed by the States' Agricultural Committee, is in the last stages of producing an industry blueprint. It has also appointed Stuart Smith, previously md of Anglia Produce, as its interim chief executive. Smith confirmed that the JGA proposals, fully aired and amended over the summer, would soon be brought to the States under the Jersey Potato Export Marketing Scheme legislation. If approved it would then require a two third majority vote from the industry in both growers' numbers and acreage to pass into law. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}