Study tours for young sugar beet growers

Young sugar beet growers will get to see how the sugar industry works in joint programme launched by British Sugar and the NFU.

The Sugar Industry Programme, launched at the NFU conference today (15 February), will take 15 young sugar beet growers and industry employees on a series of study tours between March and May, said Chris Wheatley, NFU assistant sugar advisor.

“The aim of the programme is to give younger growers real and valuable experience of the work of both organisations, and take home some transferable skills in the process.”

The group will visit UK Parliament for a briefing on NFU lobbying work, Broom’s Barn research centre for skills training and Wissington sugar beet factory to see how beet is processed. Finally, they will visit Brussels to see EU lobbying practices undertaken by the NFU and British Sugar.

British Sugar and the NFU plan to run the programme annually.