The cost of energy, a handicap for beet growers

Monday, April 4, 2022
The same goes for European beet growers, which have already spent 15% more on fertilisers at this stage. "We can't do without it, for now," says Timothée Masson, secretary general of the World Association of Sugar Beet and Cane Growers, which is calling for the removal of tariffs imposed by the EU on fertilizer imports. Sugar producers are also preparing to suffer: in view of the increase in the price per megawatt-hour, they risk seeing their processing cost increase by 40%. Sugarcane producers, on the other hand, are spared in terms of energy since they produce their own fuel: bagasse, sugar cane residue. A boon that could result in stronger competitiveness, to the detriment of beet growers.
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