Hungary sets up operative corps to address drought

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The government has decided to establish an operative corps to shape policy response to the impact on farmers of the drought and higher energy prices, Agriculture Minister István Nagy said on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Nagy said local farmers are facing a drought of "historical" proportion which has reduced the wheat crop by about a quarter and "basically destroyed" the maize crop in a significant part of areas in southeast and central Hungary.

Applications for relief could be submitted for as many as 1 million hectares of farmland, he added.

The operative corps will start work "without delay" to address the challenges farmers face, Nagy said. The government will use "all tools at its disposal" to support farmers, he added.

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