Memorandum submitted by Richard Solari
As Managing Director of Richard Solari Farms
Ltd farming in Shropshire I wish the Select Committee to consider
the following implications should we face an uncontrolled future
in the sugar industry:
1. As a family we have been growing sugar
beet for 55 years supplying both Kidderminster and Allscott factories
until the recent closure of Kidderminster. The crop has supported
the livelihood of many families over the years and with a contract
of 6,000 tonnes continues to support employment for not only farm
workers but also a lorry driver. If sugar beet growing was to
cease then three full time jobs would be lost.
2. From a crop rotation viewpoint sugar
beet provides an environmentally beneficial break from cereal
crops particularly with regard to soil structure.
3. Financially the sugar beet crop is a
very important part of the overall income for our business which
would be greatly missed.
In conclusion I recommend the "Stable Market"
option as a way for the sugar industry to plan for the future.
19 March 2004