Greater certainty for wheat farmers from new plant

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A new biofuels plant near Hull will provide wheat farmers with greater certainty in terms of a market for their products.

That’s the view of the NFU following the opening of Vivergo’s plant, described as the UK’s biggest buyer of wheat and the biggest supplier of animal feed.

The plant will take in 1.1 million tonnes of wheat annually and produce an estimated 420 million litres a year of ethanol to be mixed with petrol and used in vehicles.

Despite concerns over the greenhouse savings from biofuels and the potential for food price rises as crops are diverted, an NFU spokesman said it would be a “boost” to farmers.