Low prices to eat into EU sugar beet area as planting starts

A sugar beet plant is pictured in a field in Sommette-Eaucourt, France, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) – Farmers in western Europe have begun sugar beet planting, with first indications pointing to a drop in area for the next harvest after a price slump fueled by the end of European Union production quotas. The market downturn has prompted Europe’s biggest sugar refiner Suedzucker to announce the closure of several factories […]

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