Hungary’s wheat harvest rose by 0.4% from a year earlier to 5,284,000 tonnes in 2015, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday. Although the harvested area in the country was down by 7.6%, the harvest was 19.1% over the average harvest in the years 2010-2014. The average wheat yield rose by 8.7% in 2015 from a year earlier. It was up by 21.8% compared to the average in the years 2010-2014 and was the highest since 1991. Total cereal crop amounted to 7.5 million tonnes, up by 2.8% from a year earlier, harvested from a 4.6% smaller area, KSH said.
Earlier this week it was announced that Hungary would receive 2.9 billion forints (EUR 9.3m) in emergency farm aid from the European Union based on the decision taken at the EU farm ministers meeting in Luxembourg. Sándor Fazekas. the Hungarian minister of agriculture said the EU set aside 500 million euros of aid to balance falling producer prices in the milk sector, the effects of the embargo against Russia and the damages from the summer drought. The EU will also finance new Private Storage Aid schemes for dairy and pork products.
Meanwhile Hungary’s food safety authority (Nébih) said it found an animal infected with bluetongue in Somogy County, in southwest Hungary, a week after announcing an outbreak of the viral disease in neighbouring Tolna county. The authorities have established a 20km restriction zone around the cattle farm where the animal was found. Restrictions related to an outbreak of bluetongue were introduced in about two-thirds of Hungary last year.
via ksh.hu, hungarymatters.hu and MTI