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Hungarian, Canadian farm ministers meet in Ottawa

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Hungarian Agriculture Minister Sándor Fazekas and his Canadian counterpart Lawrence MacAulay met in Ottawa yesterday to discuss opportunities for cooperation, according to reports.

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Areas of possible cooperation discussed by the two ministers include dplanting seeds and forestry as well as the impact of free trade talks and the potential of boosting exports of Hungarian farm products, Fazekas told Hungarian news agency MTI. The Hungarian minister noted that negotiations between the ministers of the two countries have not been held in decades.

During his visit to Canada, the Hungarian minister also met farm minister of Quebec Pierre Paradis and discussed possible cooperation in research in areas such as organic farming, MTI reported.

Fazekas noted that 25 Hungarian companies are exhibiting at the SIAL international food industry trade fair in Montreal, which has approximately 1,000 exhibitors. Hungarian exhibitors include producers of meat products, goose liver, organic milk and beer, honey, chocolate, wine and pálinka, Hungary’s traditionally produced spirit.

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