If voluntary producer interest groups agree, the council could be up and running in February next year. NFU president Ben Gill has admitted that, in the past, the sector had not had a high profile. The NFU's horticultural data base will be upgraded as the first step in a move to enhance communication within the Council for Horticulture. Other proposals include the establishment of issue specific working groups to tackle core cross-commodity issues, such as supply chains and promotional activity. A summit meeting this week was attended by representatives of 30 interested sectors. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}