France lowers sugar beet output estimation

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Paris: The adverse weather throughout the season has impacted the sugar beet crops in France. The country’s farm ministry has lowered the estimates of sugar beet production for this season.

The ministry cut its sugar beet crop estimate to 30.5 million tonnes from 32.2 million last month, which is 20 per cent below last year’s output.

Heavy rainfall during the sowing and the dry spring weather has affected the crop output.

One week ago, the French government had approved the use of a pesticide for sugar beet growers that were banned to protect honeybees. The farmers had welcomed the decision as the pesticide helps them to protect crops from diseases. The government expects that allowing pesticide would help the farmers to increase beet production.

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