"Family farming plays a key role in making global processes more positive, and Hungary wishes to actively contribute to this process", Minister Sándor Fazekas stressed in his welcoming speech at the official opening of the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming on Wednesday in Budapest.
Hungary is being represented by 13 Hungarian companies at a separate stand at the FOODEX 20014 International Food and Beverage Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Deputy State Secretary for Food Chain Supervision and Agricultural Administration Lajos Bognár is attending the Expo in representation of the Ministry of Rural Development.
A water quality improvement project costing a total of over 600 million forints (EUR 2 million) has been launched in Kenderes-Bánhalma and Karcag with the support of the New Széchényi Plan.
The EU Environment Ministers have held talks on the proposal that would enable member states to ban the cultivation of GMOs on their territories. Hungary was represented at the talks by Endre Kardeván.
We plan to increase the area of land that is irrigated in Hungarian agriculture, because only around 100 thousand hectares are currently watered by farmers, whereas permission has been granted to water 200 thousand hectares, Zsolt Feldman said on Monday at a press conference at the National Water Directorate.
Within the framework of the National School Fruit Programme, the Government has increased funding from 500 million forints to HUF 1.2bn (EUR 3.9 million) since 2010, making it possible for 538 thousand children to receive at least two different kinds of fruits at least twice a week, compared to the 277 thousand schoolchildren originally covered by the programme, Zsolt Feldman said at a forum organised at the Ministry of Rural Development.
"The Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) decontamination of pigs causes no damage to either the country or to farmers, the level of contamination is only 10 percent at even the largest animal husbandry units and contaminated animals are slaughtered in the usual way, there is no forced culling", Endre Kardeván told Hungarian news agency MTI with regard to the fact that in his opinion several pieces of false information had appeared in the media recently with regard to the PRRS decontamination programme.
Russia is expected to lift the ban on the import of Hungarian live pigs, pork meat and pork products in mid-March, Chief Veterinarian Endre Kardeván announced.
Hungary is acting to stop the spread of genetically modified (GM) soy and to reduce the soy market's dependency on imports, the Ministry of Rural Development's Deputy State Secretary for Agricultural Economy announced on Tuesday in Budapest at a professional forum organised to discuss the possibility of GMO-free soy production.