‘No plans’ for temporary beet tonnage in 2011

There is unlikely to be any “temporary” contract tonnage available to sugar beet growers next year, British Sugar has said.

“Given the stocks of carryover sugar we already have, the current yield potential of this year’s crop and greater than expected crop area, we currently have no plans to issue temporary contract tonnage for the 2011 crop,” agriculture director, Colm McKay said.

“Growers who previously grew temporary tonnage and want to ensure they have similar volumes to grow in 2011 need to be buying from approved sellers via the Outgoers Scheme.”

The scheme ends on 13 August and growers should ensure deals are agreed and paperwork is received by British Sugar by this date to make sure that sellers have successfully sold their contract tonnage to qualifying buyers and can then receive their compensation payments from British Sugar as well as the payments from buying growers.

For more information contact your British Sugar area manager or visit the online Outgoers Directory at www.bsonline.co.uk

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