French sugar beet plantings to fall 4.9% - Agreste

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
The French Agriculture Ministry estimates that sugar beet plantings in 2023 will fall 4.9% from last year to 382,000 hectares, 11.5% below the five-year average. Sugar beet growers had earlier anticipated a steeper (7%) decline in planting due to a ban on a pesticide treatment for seeds. Industrial sugar beet areas, would fall below 400,000 ha threshold for the first time since the removal of sugar of quotas in 2017. The areas should remain almost stable in Normandy (+0.1%) but should decrease in the other producing regions, and more particularly in Île-de-France (-15.0%) and Centre-Val de Loire (-15.4%). The drop is more limited in Hauts-de-France (-4.1%) and in the Grand-Est (-1.8%) where beet areas are more important.
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