British Sugar and the NFU yesterday announced a new scheme, available as a one-off and for one year only, which allows growers to relinquish all or part of their contracted tonnage entitlement to other existing growers or potential new growers. The scheme will give growers who wish to do so the opportunity to increase the area of sugar beet grown to further improve the crop’s contribution to the farm, whilst allowing others to move out of sugar beet growing. The scheme is aimed at giving growers greater flexibility and improving industry efficiency.

The scheme will operate from July to October 2001, enabling growers to make their new arrangements for the 2002 crop. Applications for transfers of contracted tonnage entitlement will be invited from interested growers, either relinquishing or acquiring, and will be considered by British Sugar using criteria agreed with the NFU. There will also be an opportunity for potential ‘new entrants’ to join the industry, subject to passing a short supplier appraisal.

Existing growers are now receiving notification of the scheme with an invitation to apply for a Prospectus and Consent of Transfer Form. Non-growers can obtain details of the Scheme by telephoning the British Sugar helpline on 0870 2402314.

Chris Carter, British Sugars’ Agricultural Director, commented, “The new IPA agreed between British Sugar and the NFU has allowed many improvements for the UK beet sugar industry and the Outgoers’ Scheme is the latest tangible example giving growers the chance to improve the efficiency of their sugar beet production”.

Matt Twidale, Chairman of the NFU Sugar Beet Committee welcomed the scheme saying: “We have worked hard together with British Sugar to deliver a scheme that offers real benefits to our industry. It provides opportunities for outgoing growers, those wanting to expand their beet growing enterprise and also possible new entrants.”

Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this document, the NFU cannot accept liability for errors and omissions.  This information should not be regarded as constituting legal advice, and should therefore not be relied upon as such.  NFU©