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Hungarian pig farmers demonstration cancelled

A nationwide protest planned for Thursday this week by Hungarian pig farmers over high feed prices has been cancelled as the government has agreed to an aid package.

At a joint news conference yesterday between Jozsef Graf, agriculture minister, and leaders of the leading farm union MOSZ, the deal was announced. Graf commented that the government cannot erase the losses, but can "try to reduce them in order for farmers to survive during this difficult period".

The aid package involves releasing a buffer reserve of grain when animal feed runs short. In addition, a package of subsidies was offered to an amount of Ft 10 billion (€40m) for the pigmeat sector.

Background to the planned protests were rising grain prices and increased imports from countries from Poland, which were making it virtually impossible for pig farmers to survive.

According to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH), pig prices in September were 13.2% lower than the same time a year previously.

Related websites:

• MOSZ (in Hungarian)

• Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

• Hungarian Central Statistical Office

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