Hungary will submit a dissenting opinion on the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy for fair and sustainable food production if the Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts it at a meeting on October 19-20.
The Hungarian agriculture ministry said in a statement that while Hungary’s government will back the approval, it will also add a dissenting opinion to say that the strategy disproportionately burdened member states. The statement called the strategy’s goal to reduce the amount of chemical pesticides used in agriculture by 50% and to increase the proportion of ecological farmlands to 25% “overly ambitious”. Regulations on the use of pesticides and fertilizers should take into account the individual member states’ situation and the efforts made so far, it said. Lacking a comprehensive impact study, the strategy’s effect on the competitiveness of farmers is impossible to forecast, the ministry said. Regarding talks on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, the ministry said the changes should be rooted in EU law, and called on the EC to assess the strategic plans submitted by the member states accordingly.