Changes in sugar sector

On 30 September 2017, the quota system for sugar beet producers in the EU was abolished. As a result, production caps on sugar beet were ended in each EU country. The abolition is related to new steps towards a more market-oriented common agricultural policy. Sugar beet cultivation in the Netherlands will not be unrestricted; expansion will depend on area calculation. As of cultivation year 2017, sugar beet production is regulated by certificates of delivery instead of quotas. These certificates allow a maximum delivery of sugar beets to sugar co-operatives.