Sugar production for 2021/22 is forecast to increase by 23% to 1.4 million tonnes to the 2020/21 estimate, according to the latest report from USDA’s FAS.
Sugar beet acreage in Germany is down by 2.8% to about 379,000 hectares this year, according to the WVZ German sugar industry association.
Combination of drought reducing output and low domestic prices is impacting profitability and supporting further contraction of the beet sugar sector, according to local press reports.
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Sugar production in the forthcoming 2019/20 (Oct-Sept) campaign is forecast to drop by 5% to 5.2 million tonnes as some farmers switch to cotton and corn due to delays in cane payments by millers, according to the latest USDA attaché report. In 2017/18, sugar production peaked to 7.2 million tonnes.
Sugar beet acreage for the 2018/19 season is 3.9% lower than the previous year at 1.13 million hectares due to low sugar prices, according to local press reports.
Sugar beet acreage in the Netherlands increased by 21% in 2017 from 71,000 to 85,000 hectares, according to the Central Bureau for Statistics.
Beet acreage in the UK has risen even faster than those in many other European Union countries, ahead of the impending Brexit as well as the abolition of sugar quotas in the bloc in October.
Sugar beet acreage in the EU this year could be the highest since the 2007/08 marketing year, which coupled with a strong increase in yields could result in sugar output in the bloc reaching a 12-year high.
British Sugar is inviting arable farmers to try sugar beet, even if they have never grow it before, ahead of the abolition of beet quotas in September 2017, reported Farmers Weekly.
According to FO Licht, consumption in the country for 2015/16 is 624,700 tonnes sugar (raw value) while the production is 340,000 tonnes.