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)