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27 April 2018
Paul Kenward, Managing Director of British Sugar commented: “This is an extremely disappointing decision reached by the European Commission that will impact the UK beet sugar industry disproportionately. We are working with the British Government as a matter of urgency to try and secure solutions for beet growers ahead of the 2019 crop so that our farmers can maintain sustainable and productive harvests”.
“We are acutely aware that bees play a crucial role in food production in UK, however as sugar beet is a non-bee attractive crop this decision would negatively impact farm biodiversity and we lose decades of advances in sustainability and yield improvement. We believe the ban will disproportionately impact beet growers as there are currently no alternatives for farmers to use and will do nothing to improve bee health whilst compromising the effectiveness of crop protection. As a result, it is likely there will be significant impacts on sugar beet yields in the UK exacerbated by our maritime climate that enables significant pest pressure in the fields and have long-term unforeseen consequences for the beet sugar industry”.