quizzes ministers about
sugar beet quotas
From left: John Brooke, Paul Brooke,
John Brown, Richard Bacon MP,
William Easton, John Orford,
Robin Limb (British Sugar),
Gerry Canfer, Dick Barker
SOUTH Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has tabled a parliamentary question about sugar beet quotas following a meeting with a group of local farmers near Diss.
Mr Bacon met with Norfolk beet farmers at Hill Farm, Fersfield, run by John Orford of G J Orford and Partners, to listen to their concerns over proposed cuts in sugar beet quotas.
Mr Bacon said: “As Britain does not contribute to subsidised exports, our farmers rightly believe other countries should bear the brunt of quota reductions. Any cuts in production and payment would affect Norfolk farmers severely. They would be forced to shed workers, many of whom have been with them for 20 years and more”.
Sugar beet as a crop has many benefits. It is an excellent rotational crop, improving yields of other crops in alternate years. It is also good for the environment, as beet tops provide food in spring for many birds and animals.
|© Richard Bacon 2010|