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Govt to Boost Support for Beekeepers by 25 percent

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.11.25.

The government will raise support for beekeepers by 25 percent from next year, Agriculture Minister István Nagy told a national apiculture convention in Gödöllő, on the outskirts of Budapest, on Sunday.

Nagy said a pollination subsidy, introduced this year, would be doubled from next year, to 1,000 forints (EUR 3) per hive. Total subsidies for beekeepers will climb to just under 1 billion forints, he added.

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Filling beekeepers’ ranks is becoming more difficult as the profession’s profitability declines, he said. Honey output has been halved to just 15,000 tonnes a year, but an even bigger problem is the impact the declining number of hives has on pollination which has a broad impact on the national economy, he added.

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