Whaplode Drover grower responds to sugar tax proposal

Ian Stancer.
Ian Stancer.
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Proposals to tax sugar are not concerning beet growers, at least not in the short term.

The Government could be forced to bring in a tax on sugar to help combat growing obesity levels – seen as a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and other serious medical conditions.

However, Whaplode Drove sugar beet grower Ian Stancer says the way the UK grower is paid does not always bear a direct correlation to the price of sugar.

He said: “The way sugar beet growers are paid in this country is very complex. Basically, British Sugar negotiates with the NFU on farmers’ behalf and that is done in advance.

“Obviously as a farmer I am not going to say sugar is bad for you, because I don’t think it is, but sugar in excess is bad.”

He said any tax would “take a while” to impact on farmers, but pointed out there were other outlets for sugar, such as fuel and alcohol.

Ian is at the tail end of the 2013 beet season, and ready to plant new seed in the spring.