French sugar beet area to shrink to 14-year low, growers say

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
The French sugar beet crop area is set to fall to a 14-year low this year despite high prices, with farmers deterred by potential crop damage because of pesticide restrictions, the head of beet growers group CGB said on Tuesday. Based on seed purchases, farmers are expected to sow 6-7% less in 2023 than the previous year, CGB Director General Nicolas Rialland told Reuters at the Paris farm show. A 6% fall would bring the area sown with sugar beet, mostly used to make sugar and ethanol, to 378,000 hectares for its lowest since 2009, official data showed. The crop area was 402,000 hectares in 2022.
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