2023/24 EU sugar production estimated up despite lower area in France - USDA

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
European Union beet sugar production for 2023/24 is forecast at 15.5 million tons from nearly 1.4 million hectares of sugarbeets. This would be a 3 percent increase in production compared to 2022/2023, despite a forecast 6 percent reduction of beet acreage in France. In the last 5 years, France accounted for 28 percent of total EU sugarbeet area harvested on average. However, the reduced beet acreage in France is forecast to be balanced by increased plantings mainly in Poland (+ 19 percent), Spain, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary. On January 19, 2023, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Member States cannot grant temporary emergency authorizations for the use of banned neonicotinoids on sugarbeets. This has caused many French farmers to switch to other crops.
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