NFUSugar board chairman William Martin today (20th February) outlined how the sugar sector is wellplaced to be able to compete in an increasingly competitive market once quotasare abolished in 2017.
However,Mr Martin told delegates at the Norfolk Farming Conference that the industrycan only meet the challenges that lie ahead if British Sugar works alongside usto do so.
Thereis absolutely no doubt that we will be facing a much more competitive marketplace when quotas come to an end in three years, said Mr Martin. But weremain confident that as one of the most efficient beet sugar sectors in Europe,we as growers can rise to the challenges.
Itis also important to stress that while growers can play their part, it willrequire a collective effort from the whole sector. That includes commitmentfrom British Sugar to address some of the traditional areas of conflict we haveseen in the past, to work together to establish a better basis on which we canplan and invest to ensure a bright future of the sugar beet industry in theUK.