The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved an emergency temporary authorisation for using a neonicotinoid on this year’s sugar beet crop – the third year in a row – just days after the EU ruled out the practice.
British Sugar and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have confirmed that an insurance policy which covers sugar beet growers for frost damage has been triggered following the spell of freezing weather in December and January.
More than 1000 farmers (i.e. 14%) have stopped planting sugar beet since 2017. This corresponds to a reduction of around 7,000 hectares of cultivation (12%),” according to Guy Paternoster, CEO of the Raffinerie Tirlemontoise
Supply Minister Ali Mosleigh said on December 12 that growers would receive EGP1100 (US$37.2) per tonne cane after an agreement was reached in the House of Representatives.
UK – British Sugar delays 2022/23 campaign to support drought-ravaged beet yield to recover from late rains [Full subscriber]
British Sugar is delaying the 2022/23 campaign at its two factories in East Anglia in the hope late rains will help recover beet yield impacted by prolonged drought.
Several top sugar companies in France, UK and Germany have offered high prices for sugar beet to encourage them to stay in the sector and supply beet to their factories
Ukraine’s major beet sugar producer, Astarta, has completed sowing 33,000 hectares, almost the same acreage it sowed in 2021, reported Reuters.
Germany – WVZ lodges complaint with the EU against coupled payments for beet growers in some member states [Full subscriber]
The German sugar industry’s association Wirtschaftsvereinigung Zucker (WVZ), has lodged a complaint with the EU Commission against coupled payments for the cultivation of sugar beet enjoyed by growers in several countries in the EU.
Germany – Cultivars tolerant to Syndrome Basses Richesses disease to be introduced in 2022 [Registered]
The bacterial disease SBR (Syndrome Basses Richesses), spread by the leafhopper (Pentastridius leporinus), is prevalent in Germany and Switzerland. It can decrease beet yields by 45%. However, researchers from the NIKIZ project have identified several varieties with tolerance to SBR disease. Thus, several recommended varieties are expected to be available for beet growers in Germany in 2022.
COFCO Sugar recently announced that La Nina related extreme weather, which resulted in the sudden drop in temperature, caused severe damage to its sugar beet crop, according to its press release.