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Study could bring sugar beet revival to the east

Posted On: 16 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

A revival of the sugar beet crop in the east of Scotland could be on the cards after a report identified an opportunity for up to 50,000 acres to be grown on arable land in Angus, Fife, Perthshire and possibly Aberdeenshire.
Half a century on from the closure of Cupar's sugar beet factory, a feasibility study will now investigate the steps required to re-establish the crop and a processing plant to produce bioethanol and help meet Scotland's greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The move follows a Scottish Enterprise-commissioned report which estimated up to 50,000 acres of class 3.1 land or better would be required within a 30 to 60-mile radius of a refinery plant in eastern Scotland.
A Rural Innovation Support Service stakeholders group will now look into the feasibility of the potential project, and interested farmers will shortly be given the opportunity to get involved.
Group facilitator Iain Riddell, from SAC Consulting, said stakeholders had the will, knowledge and capability to make the vision...

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