NFU Sugar and British Sugar are looking ahead to a post-quota world for beet growers.
As the countdown ticks past two years until EU sugar production quotas come to an end, growers are being invited to make their voices heard at a conference next month.
They will be invited to think about future contracting options, compared to the existing fixed pricing arrangement. NFU Sugar board chairman William Martin said: “In 2016 beet growers will be planting their final crop under the current arrangement, so we have to start planning now for what the post-quota world will look like.
“We want to hear from growers about their views on beet pricing options and their attitude to risk and reward. This conference is an important part of our planning for 2017.”
Some of the pricing options could include maintaining the current status quo or the introduction of a market derived price link. This might provide an opportunity for growers to get closer to the sugar market. Growers could be offered more flexibility in contract lengths which may allow for better advanced planning.