Economy & Policy

Hungarian agricultural diplomacy has a new focus

Increasing agricultural exports is a fundamental national interest.

The focus is on the strong development of the agricultural economy, Dávid Bencsik, the ministry’s deputy secretary of state for international relations said at the annual meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture’s agricultural and environmental diplomats.

Bencsik said that increasing agricultural exports is a fundamental national interest. “We must do everything we can to increase the exports of the Hungarian agricultural and food industry. This requires both new and traditional markets,” he said. 

He said that they will still not neglect the traditional diplomatic arenas, but these will become secondary. The focus of our activity in the radically new situation created by the pandemic is to boost the country’s export capacity and support the general international development and renewal of Hungarian agriculture, he said. 

The entire agricultural diplomatic structure must adapt to changing international conditions and to the challenges of the new world, Bencsik added. 

The members of the network of professional diplomats under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture assist the work of the Hungarian embassies concerning agriculture and the environment, given their special sectoral knowledge, and are also responsible for promoting the export efforts of Hungarian agri-food companies.

The members of the network representing Hungarian interests in the most important European and non-EU markets are currently operating in Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Warsaw, Belgrade, Bucharest, Moscow, Beijing and Tokyo, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

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