Coronavirus: Equestrian Patrol Help in the Hungarian Farmlands – Photo Gallery!
Fanni Kaszás 2020.04.22.
During the extended curfew restrictions due to the coronavirus epidemic, in order to ensure the safety of the people living in the Hungarian farmlands around Nyíregyháza, equestrian patrols regularly visit the people living on the farms and if someone needs help and care, they refer them to the competent authorities.
Usually, the main activities of cavalry officers are border service tasks in the southern part of the country by the border fence, but they also serve in the capital and in the Lake Balaton region, typically during the summer, in places often visited by tourists.
During the time of the harvest, the Hungarian farmlands are also monitored by the mounted police and they are also responsible for taking action against thieves in the winter months, as they can see further away in the saddle of their horses, can ride in silence, and hear better than from a car.
At the beginning of the 20th century, agriculture was thriving in Hungary, and by the 40s, over a million people lived on the farms of Hungary. Although a lot of them lived in poverty, they managed to get by with farming. However, during the Communist regime, the farms were turned into collectives, and individual landowners lost their private farms. Now, only a low number of farmers remain in the farmlands.
The role of equestrian police in the farmlands is very important as well. In addition to taking care of public safety, they also help elderly people bring fuel (wood) home in the winter, in cooperation with local governments. Now they are also helping in the coronavirus crisis with regular visits, inspections at the farms, and if someone needs food, medicine, or care, they inform the responsible authorities and local governments.