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MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE: FARMERS NEED PROTECTION AMID PANDEMIC

 

European citizens see the security of food supplies as ever more important amid the coronavirus pandemic, and whereas Hungarian farmers will find themselves in a difficult situation, the food supply of the Hungarian people is guaranteed, Minister of Agriculture István Nagy said at the informal meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Koblenz. The ministers discussed lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis regarding the agricultural sector, a statement by the Ministry of Agriculture said. At the meeting held by Germany, which holds the rotating EU presidency, Nagy said the issue of food security had become more pressing since the outbreak of the virus, and a key lesson drawn from the crisis was the need to bolster the sector’s resilience. The income security of farmers is a top priority, he said, adding that EU area-based subsidies play a key role accordingly. Investment subsidies channelled through rural developments will be prioritised with a view to boosting competitiveness, he added.