If in 1990, Romania had 38 plants of sugar obtained from sugar beet, production capacity that covered the domestic production and allowed exports, for this year (October 2007-September 2008) the Agriculture Ministry extended production quotas for 8 companies, some of them resorting to partnerships.
Romania obtained, following the negotiations with the European Union a quota of 109,164 tonnes for beet sugar plus the quota for the processing of the sugar from sugar cane (329,636 tonnes), as well as a quota of 9,900 tonnes of isoglucose, raw material in the industry of soft beverages and other fields.
The areas under sugar beet amount this year to 23,000 hectares, down as against last year.
However, Romania will achieve the production quota for 2008 at sugar beet, allotted by the EU, said Ioan Armenean, general manager of Zaharul Ludis (Mures county, centre Romania). Farmers of sugar beet receive in 2008 a subsidy worth 380 euros per tonne.