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.
â€¢ MOSZ (in Hungarian)
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Central Statistical Office
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