Midland farmers will suffer as a result of EU rules cutting sugar production, MPs have warned.
Growers will be unable to make a profit and factories could close, as result of reforms designed to help third world producers, according to Worcestershire MPs.
Peter Luff ( Con Mid Worcestershire) and Richard Taylor (Ind Wyre Forest) said Midland farmers would be hit by EU plans to cut the price of sugar by 37 per cent, and to reduce the amount of sugar Britain is allowed to grow.
Industry bodies including the National Farmers Union, British Sugar and the British Beet Research Organisation have agreed some reforms are needed to help producers outside Europe.
But there is concern the changes go too far and that farmers will not receive sufficient compensation, the MPs said. They also warned the changes are being introduced too quickly. The Government plans to bring in the reforms in July, although under EU rules it could wait until next year.
Mr Luff met sugar beet farmers John and Philip Sanders at Ombersley, Worcestershire, to discuss their concerns. He said: "If we get this reform wrong, we will put British and Caribbean farmers out of work and harm the environment."
The issue was raised by Dr Taylor in a Commons debate.
He said: "Some 20 farms are dependent on sugar beet and average production of only about 1,000 tonnes a year.
"Many farmers will face difficulties. British Sugar will face the difficulty of too many factories, so some factories - including, presumably, the one in the Shropshire in the West Midlands - will have to close."
Agriculture Minister Elliot Morley said: "The issues are being discussed in the absence of detailed legislative proposals from the European Union.
"We do not expect to see the detail of those proposals until May or June. That makes it difficult for the Government to give a detailed response."