The EU produced 14.2 Mt of beet sugar during the 2020/21 campaign, 11% less than the previous year and the lowest level since 2015/16. The lower production is a consequence of lower yields due to unfavorable weather and pest problems, especially beet yellows in countries such as France and Germany, which did not have exceptional authorization for neonicotinoids. Production in 2021/22 is expected to be around 16 Mt.
The planted area in the EU was 1,413 million ha, slightly below that cultivated in 2019/20, which was 1,449 Mha. In the last five years, the average planted area has remained around 1.5 Mha, according to the latest data from the European Confederation of Sugar Manufacturers. France is the country that planted the most beet (370,000 ha), followed by Germany (351,000 ha), however, these figures are 6% lower than the previous year. The largest percentage reductions occurred in Spain (-16%) and Croatia (-14%). It is the first campaign in which Greece has not sown anything. In terms of production, the greatest reductions were observed in Spain (-16%), Hungary (-14%) and Belgium (-8%). Production in Germany fell by 3% but still moved ahead of France as the EU's largest sugar producer in 2020/21. Sugar production increased in Denmark (+18%), Croatia (+18%) and Sweden (+10%). The average sugar yield has been 10.6 t/ha, which is the lowest figure in the last decade. In this decline, France ...
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