Sugar Could Be Produced Again, Says Minister
SEÁN Mac Connell (Irish Times) Ireland could be producing sugar and ethanol again when the European Commission ends its current quota system in 2016, the Agricultural Science Association annual conference in Maynooth heard yesterday.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said figures in the first of two feasibility studies on the revival of the sugar beet industry which he had seen were “very persuasive”, and he strongly supported the commission’s proposal to end the quota system.
…The study he was referring to was drawn up by a group including Prof Jimmy Burke of UCD, former senior executives of Greencore/ Irish Sugar, Teagasc scientists and international consultants. It is understood to recommend construction of a plant in the southeast which would produce sugar and ethanol. The plans are based on a sugar beet tonnage of 1 million tonnes, producing 50 million litres of ethanol and 150,000 tonnes of sugar annually. READ MORE