Thorney farmer Michael looks to the future after being elected chairman of NFU’s national sugar board

Simon Tonkin and Michael Sly, who has been named as chairman of the NFUs national sugar board take a

Simon Tonkin and Michael Sly, who has been named as chairman of the NFUs national sugar board take a look at the wildlife on Park Farm at Thorney Bird Friendly Zone in 2014. - Credit: Archant

Thorney farmer Michael Sly has been elected chairman of the NFU’s national sugar board.

Mr Sly, who has served on the board for three years, will begin his term as chairman immediately replacing outgoing chairman William Martin.

Leading the NFU Sugar board, he will help to shape the NFU’s policy on the sector, represent his colleagues and champion the industry.

He said: “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the UK sugar beet sector post-quotas and with the opportunities and challenges that Brexit may bring. We will build on what is already an efficient and globally competitive sector.

“I am looking forward to working with British Sugar on what should be a profitable partnership for growers and the processor.”

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Mr Sly farms in Thorney, farming 1,600 hectares and growing sugar beet as well as combinable crops, peas and mustard. He hosts events on his farm, including Open Farm Sunday in June, which attracts between 5,500 and 8,500 visitors every year.

William Martin, stepping down after nine years as chairman, said: “It has been a privilege to represent the UK’s growers for the past nine years. With the end of quotas, now is the right time to hand over. I am confident that the board is in good hands for the future.”

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