The Hungarian government has made the decision to allocate substantial EU funds to agriculture and food industry. Since one of the main aims of the government is to improve competitiveness and boost the employment rate in the countryside, development of food industry has become a priority issue.
In the next six years, Hungary’s food industry will have access to EU funds of 300 billion forints (EUR 962m), a Miklós Zsolt Kis, cabinet state secretary for rural development said. The money will go towards developing small and medium-sized firms in the sector in the period until 2020, and will exceed sums devoted to the same purpose over the past twenty years, Kis told a press conference before participating in a local forum in Szabadszállás, in central Hungary.
Balázs Győrfi, leader of the National Chamber of Agriculture added, that the farmers will not experience major changes in terms of administration and bureaucracy, because the functioning system of territorial subventions (SAPS) remains as well as the priority of the small and medium-sized lands. He also emphasized that on the field of agriculture the national competency has expanded in the EU compared with the previous years. That enables the government to concentrate funding on specific areas like horticulture, animal husbandry or forestry.
via hungarymatters.hu and kormany.hu