Fresh Produce Consortium members based in the East Midlands are invited to take part in a project funded by the East Midlands Development Agency and run by the National Farmers Union.

The project, Grow EM, seeks to quantify the current location, size and nature of the horticulture and potato sector in the East Midlands and its importance to the regional economy.

The project is aimed at identifying key issues which need to be addressed within the region and to influence future strategy over the next 10-20 years.

It is hoped input from the industry will facilitate potential investment from funding sources including government and the EU.

Bidwells Agribusiness has been commissioned as independent consultants to manage the project and the Fresh Produce Consortium is facilitating the collection of data from its members involved in producing, packing and processing in the region.