27 July 2000
UK soya sector set to grow
SOYABEANS could soon become a staple for British farmers, reports the Financial Times.
Day-length neutral varieties which can flourish in northern climates are now growing on 5,000 acres on 120 UK farms.
The FT says there is healthy demand for soya. In 1999 the UK imported 900,000 tonnes for processing and 770,000 tonnes of pre-crushed soyabean meal.
The growing GM-free soya market could provide opportunities for UK farmers as most imports come from countries which have embraced GM technology.
- GM fears boost pulse prospects, FWi, 30 April 1999
- Cold-tolerant soyabeans look set for arable rrize, FWi, 09 January 1998