Planting costs rise while demand drops for melons

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Hungarian farmers are planting about 20% fewer melons this year because of falling domestic consumption and higher production costs, László Lipták, managing director of Medi-Fruct, based in Hungary's biggest melon-growing region, told MTI.

Farmers in the south of Békés County, which account for about 60% of the country's melon output, are planting on just 2,500-2,600 hectares this year, about 20% less than in 2011, Lipták said. Melon farmers across the country are doing the same, he added.

Farmers are expected to plant melons on about 4,000 hectares in Hungary this year, down from 4,800-5,000 in 2011, when the harvest came to 180,000 tons.

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