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Hungary gets more agricultural support from the EU

Instead of a 26 percent budget cut, Hungary’s ag sector will receive more financial support, but more balanced agriculture goals are still needed.

Minister of Agriculture István Nagy said that the extra support received from the European Union was “good news, while it could have been a reduction of up to 26 percent according to the preliminary plan.” He added that the reduction is now in line with the reduction of funds available caused by the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The minister was attending a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels to discuss the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

“The union wants farmers to meet unrealistic goals,” Nagy said, pointing out that “the main problem is that they have not found a balance between environmental considerations and agricultural management.”

Nagy recalled that the use of pesticides is to be reduced by 50% by 2030, at a time when climate change is placing a heavier burden on crops. In addition, the use of fertilizers is to be reduced by 20 percent and every fourth hectare of arable land should be converted to organic farming.

According to the minister’s point of view, this would affect not just farmers, but everyone, because it would increase the price of food significantly.

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