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Cornerstone laid for HUF 7.6 bln apple sorting center

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Local and central government officials laid the cornerstone of a HUF 7.6 billion apple sorting, packaging, and research center in Újfehértó (240 km northeast of Budapest), in the heart of Hungary's apple-growing region.

Agriculture Minister István Nagy said the center, the biggest in the country, will collect, store, package and sell in uniform quality units the apples of local orchard owners, conforming to market demands.

He noted that just one-third of the 600,000 tonnes of apples Hungary produces are sold as fresh apples, adding that the ratio should be doubled. The center is being built at the site of the Fruit and Ornamental Plant Growing Research Institute.

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