The 20⋅20⋅20 initiative is delivering steady results. In 2016/17, the top 20 per cent of farms achieved an average sugar yield of 16,7 tonnes per hectare – the top 20 per cent only achieved 14,2 tonnes per hectare in 2011 when the initiative was launched. The yield increase has been achieved by improving growing techniques rather than by using more nutrients, fuel and pesticides. This means that the environmental impact per kg of sugar has been decreased as yields go up.
Torsten Thuresson, partner farmer, Sweden