This November Germains were pleased to welcome the 2018 NFU Sugar Industry Programme (SIP) group to our sugar beet Priming, Pelleting, Filmcoating and R&D facilities in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
About the NFU Sugar Industry Programme
The SIP is now in its eighth year and offers young growers and industry professionals the opportunity to learn more about the UK sugar beet sector. This consists of visits to key parts of the UK sugar industry, including: Germains Seed Technology, British Sugar’s Wissington Factory, the British Beet Research Organisation, Westminster, SESVanderHave in Tienen and the NFU headquarters. Alongside these visits, there are also a number of workshops included to support personal and professional development, such as social media and presentation training.
Click here to learn more about this year’s SIP.
The Sugar Industry Programme Tours Germains
Germains welcomed the SIP group to the factories to understand the journey of the sugar beet seed through Priming, Pelleting and Filmcoating treatments. This also involved a visit to the Quality laboratory, which ensures that all seed is processed to the highest quality standard. The tour concluded with an insight into the new sugar beet seed treatments in the R&D pipeline, demonstrating Germains’ commitment to enhancing sugar beet yields for UK growers.
The Germains visit was a great success, Diane Armitage (Sugar Advisor at the NFU) says that:
“I would like to thank Germains for giving the Sugar Industry Programme the opportunity to see how UK sugar beet seed is prepared for our growers. As the next generation of growers, it is key that they appreciate how the seed is prepared and coated while being aware of the challenges the industry faces to continue to use key plant protection products.
Germains would like to thank the SIP group for their participation in the visit and look forward to welcoming the next group in 2019.