Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Biofuels Industry 'Will Help Arable Farmers'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Biofuels Industry 'Will Help Arable Farmers'

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North-east arable farmers have been told that the emerging biofuels industry on Teesside would bring benefits to individual farm businesses and agriculture in the region as a whole.

According to speakers at the Berwick meeting, which was organised by NorthEast Biofuels (NEB), the new market will create a demand for oilseed rape and will change the UK from being an exporter of rape seed to an importer, with a corresponding rise in price paid to growers.

NEB updated farmers on the work that had already been done to implement a biofuels industry in the region and the steps it intends to take over the next few months to ensure the plant in Teesside is developed.

Peter Hull, chief executive of Farmway and an NEB member, said he was delighted with the progress that had already been made and looked forward to the development of the industry and the benefits these would bring to agriculture.

John Reynolds, chairman of NEB, outlined the plans to build a vegetable processing plant on Teesside and said it should be operational by spring 2008. …

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