November 6, 2018 / 11:18 AM / 13 days ago

Britain's sugar production falls following dry summer

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) -

* Sugar production in Britain is expected to fall to 1.05 million tonnes this season, down from the prior season’s 1.37 million, Associated British Foods (ABF) said on Tuesday.

* The parent of British Sugar - the only British producer of sugar from domestic beet - said in its annual results statement that the decline was due to late drilling in the spring followed by an unusually dry summer.

* ABF said production in the 2019/20 season was likely to be affected by a lower crop area after a reduction in the beet price was agreed with farmers.

* The company also said it was disappointed the UK government had rejected an emergency application for the use of neonicotinoids as a seed treatment from next year.

* “We believe that this decision is ill-founded and disproportionate,” ABF said.

* The use of neonicotinoids, a type of insecticide, has been restricted by the European Union to protect bees. (Reporting by Nigel Hunt; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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