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Sugar Beet Purchase Price up from Year Ago

29 October 2013
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

TURKEY - In MY2012/2013 climate conditions were in favor of sugar beets and this led to a higher polarity rate (amount of sugar obtained from the sugar beet) compared to last year.

The average polarity rate throughout Turkey was 17.4 per cent in MY 2012/13. Average sugar beet yield has been 5.5 tons per hectare. In the Konya region in Central Anatolia - the capital of Turkish sugar beet production - yield rate has been 34.3 per cent greater than Turkey’s average, which means 7.4 tons/hectare. As farmers become more familiar with modern agriculture techniques and are using better quality seeds, the yields are increasing and so are farmers’ incomes.

The beet purchase price increased 8 per cent from 125 TL/MT last marketing year to 135 TL/MT this year. However input costs such as fuel, electricity, fertilizer and labor increased an average of 25 per cent over the same period of time. Regions that enjoy higher yields may have closed this gap, but hurt farmers in those regions where the yields are lower.

In MY 2012/13 nearly 15 million MT of sugar beets were harvested from an area of 280 thousand hectares (1 hectare=0.4 acres). From this 2 million metric tons (MMT)of sugar were produced. Sugar is sold for 115 Turkish Lira (TL) ($64) in 50 kg bags, and cube sugar is sold in 20 kg packs for 58 TL ($32).

Further Reading

You can view the USDA GAIN: Turkey Sugar Semi-annual 2013 report by clicking here.

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