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'We don't export into EU countries' - Jersey farmers unfazed by Brexit

Think about Jersey farming and you automatically think about the famous Jersey Royal potatoes and dairy farming with the Jersey cow.

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'We don't export into EU countries' - Jersey farmers unfazed by Brexit

But farmers and agriculture bodies on the island were not too concerned about Brexit, as the potatoes, which were only around for four months, were all exported to the UK.

 

Jersey milk was only exported to the UK and non-EU markets. Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is a self-governing dependency of the UK with a population of just more than 166,000.

 

While it is not an EU member state, nor part of the UK, Jersey enjoys the free trading agreements similar to a country within the EU.

 

A spokeswoman for the Jersey Royal brand said: “Jersey Royals are a British product grown for the British market, and there is free trade from here to the mainland, so from that perspective we are in many ways more assured.

 

“There are about 12 different farmers currently growing Jersey Royals on the island, covering about 3,000-3,500 hectares.”

 

The season started in late February in greenhouses, moving outside towards the end of March with May and June the peak months.

 

On average, the total crop tends to be about 30,000 tonnes, dependent on weather conditions.


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Dairy farms

 

Only 20 dairy farms were left on Jersey, with more than 3,000 milking Jersey cows producing milk and dairy products for the home market and export.

 

There was just one dairy processor, the Jersey Dairy Company, on the island, but one farm is independent and processes its own milk.

 

Jessica Burton, of Jersey Dairy, said its products included fresh milk, cream, cheese, butter and ice cream.

 

The total milk production in Jersey accounts for about 14 million litres of milk per year broken down into 8.6m litres for the Jersey market, 1.2m litres for other dairy products sold in Jersey and 4.2m litres for the export market.

According to the dairy, Brexit will not affect their business.

 

Ms Burton said: “We export to UK, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the Middle East. We do not export into EU countries other than the UK.”

 

Jersey dairy farmers receive an average of 46ppl, but farm numbers were in decline, with five expected to close by the end of 2019.

 

However, the remaining 15 were ‘more than sufficient’ to meet the dairies’ local market and its export business.

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