New water strategy calls for new national agency

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In perhaps yet another sign of increasing nationalization, local business daily Vilaggazdaság yesterday reported that a national agency to support irrigation work would be created under the auspices of the new national water strategy to be submitted by the Rural Development Ministry.

The agency would manage irrigation tasks across Hungary; according to statistics, just 80,000 of the available 4.5 million hectares of arable land in the country is irrigated.

Rural Development Ministry Deputy State Secretary Péter Kovács teased the new strategy on Monday, describing its objectives as including “sustainable water management, the protection of our waters and drought management, and [placing] great emphasis on irrigation development, natural water storage opportunities and landscape use, while taking into account conservation and environmental criteria.”

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