“Our traditional, indigenous species, such as the Mangalitsa, are of key importance with regard to landscape protection; they form part of the Hungarian landscape, folk traditions are linked to them and they are part of our national identity and symbols of Hungary”, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Parliamentary State Secretary István Nagy said in his opening speech at the 10th Budapest Mangalitsa Festival.
“The Danube-Ipoly National Park is launching a conservation programme in Komárom-Esztergom County with a total budget of 585 million forints (EUR 1.9M) to restore the aquatic habitats of the Tát islands and to protect bat colonies in the Gerecse, Pilis and Vertes Hills”, the National Park’s Director, András Füri, announced at a press conference in Esztergom on Monday.
Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazkeas held bilateral talks with EU Commissioner for Heath and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis during his official visit to Budapest.
“The area of land used for organic farming and the number of enterprises involved in organic farming in Hungary has practically doubled during the course of a single year. While organic farming was performed on 120 thousand hectares in 2015, 200 thousand hectares were used for this purpose in 2016”, Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas said on Thursday as a conference at Szent István University in Gödöllő.
“Russian-Hungarian regional economic cooperation is a promising opportunity for Hungary”, the Minister of Agriculture said in a telephone statement to Hungarian news agency MTI on Tuesday after visiting Smolensk County in Western Russia.
“Founding joint ventures could be an important future area of Russian-Hungarian agricultural cooperation”, the two countries’ agriculture ministers determined during their negotiations in Moscow on Monday.
“This year’s budget includes 40 million forints for animal protection tasks, which will finance the spaying and castration of dogs in shelters, the modernisation of dog pounds and animal shelters, and a programme to increase public awareness about being a responsible pet owner”, Minister of State Róbert Zsigó said at a press conference in Budapest.
The world’s largest agriculture, food industry and horticulture expo, Berlin’s International Green Week (IGW) ended on Sunday with a resounding success and over 400 thousand visitors; this year, for the second time in history, Hungary was the event’s exclusive partner country.
“The cultivation of GMOs cannot represent a solution to climate change and other challenges; the effects of GMOs are unpredictable. Every second placard at the farmers’ protests timed to coincide with the Green Week agriculture expo in Berlin were statements against GMOs and calls to stop industrial animal farming”, Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas said on Hungarian public television’s morning show on Wednesday.
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