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Sugar Beet

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the tonnage of sugar beet produed in each European Community country, the weights of sugar produced, the surplus available for export and the total of subsidy provided out of Community funds.

In 1979–80, the latest year for which sugar beet production figures are available, the provisional figures of quantity of sugar beet processed into sugar and the amount of sugar beet produced were:

Sugar beet ('000 tonnes)White sugar ('000 tonnes)
France24,0003,972
United Kingdom7,6591,154
Italy12,9641,562
Belgium6,470912
Netherlands5,782853
Denmark3,099453
Ireland1,321174
Germany18,5442,399
In the same period a total of 3·907 million tonnes of sugar was exported from the Community at a net cost of 322 MECU. Part of this cost was met by levies on sugar producers.