Sugar beet growers will have to rely on their tractors and trailers to transport their crop to British Sugar’s factories this campaign because of a national shortage of HGV (heavy goods vehicle) drivers, according to Farmers Weekly.
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The UK government is facing the first significant legal challenge to its post-Brexit independent trade policy after the High Court agreed that a decision to cut tariffs on some UK sugar imports could be subject to a judicial review.
British sugar beet growers have expressed concerns over the recently announced UK-Australia free trade deal.
The sugar tax introduced in April 2018 appears to have the intended effect of reducing the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) according to research by Cambridge University academics and published in the British Medical Journal.
The emergency derogation for the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment to control virus yellows in sugar beet in the UK will not be triggered this season.
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Significant cold weather in January and February has increased the likelihood that the emergency derogation for the use of a neonicotinoid seed treatment to control virus yellows in sugar beet in the UK will not be triggered this season.
The government has approved an emergency application for sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoid-treated seed to combat virus yellows in 2021.
European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom negotiators finally agreed on a deal on 24th December after Brexit. The Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement guarantees trade without tariffs or quotas for “all goods which comply with the appropriate rules of origin”. This includes sugar and several processed food products.
Sugar beet growers will be able to fix their own beet prices rather than accept a fixed amount, in a new pricing platform launched recently and developed by the National Farmers Union (NFU) with support from British Sugar.