France maintains its rank as the leading European sugar producer

Published May 29, 2024

Tridge summary

France's sugar beet and sugar cane harvest for the just concluded campaign saw a slight increase from the previous year, with sugar beets harvested reaching 31.5 million tonnes and sugar cane nearly 2 million tonnes. Despite a nearly 6% decrease in surface area, the sector managed to adapt to climatic and agronomic challenges, according to Cultures Sucre. However, the sector faces concerns over a virus called yellows transmitted by a green aphid. The ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, intended to protect pollinators, has caused apprehension among planters about potential crop losses. The government has temporarily allowed more use of Movento insecticide while maintaining the ban on some neonicotinoids. High sugar prices on the world market have supported beet cultivation, which is crucial for France's food sovereignty, energy, health, and is self-sufficient in sugar, exporting half of its production.
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During the campaign which has just ended, “31.5 million tonnes of sugar beets” were harvested, mainly in the north of the country, and “nearly 2 million tonnes of sugar cane” were harvested in the overseas departments and regions, notes in a press release Cultures Sucre, an association bringing together planters and manufacturers. For beet, the harvest is slightly better than the previous year (30.7 million tonnes in 2022-23), despite a drop in surface area of almost 6%, to 379,000 hectares. The sign, for Cultures Sucre, that “the sector has been able to adapt” despite “repeated climatic hazards and numerous agronomic challenges”. This campaign was in fact marked by continuous rains which delayed the harvesting of beets in the fall. Furthermore, planters remain very worried "in the absence of a lasting solution to deal with yellows", a virus transmitted by a green aphid which stunts the plant, underlines the association. Beet growers experienced the definitive ban on using seeds ...
Source: TerreNet
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