The Ministry of Agriculture has allocated 19.2 billion forints (EUR 47.6m) to farmers for the purpose of preserving indigenous breeds of domesticated animals, state secretary Zsolt Feldman said. The aim of the tender is to maintain a viable stock of protected or endangered native agricultural breeds of animals in their natural environment and according to the traditional ways of rearing and feeding them, Feldman said. Interest in the funding was beyond expectations, with farmers applying for support for a significantly larger number of animals than in earlier similar tenders, the state secretary said. In the first round, around 1,720 livestock owners became eligible for funding over three years. Further applications may be submitted in January 2023, and the commitment period for all beneficiaries will last until the end of 2024, the state secretary said.