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Hungary to export more apricots

Hungary expects to sell more apricots abroad in 2011, as a good harvest here coincides with a poor one elsewhere in Europe, head of Hungary's Fruit and Vegetable Council (FruitVeb) Jozsef Szabo told the business daily Napi Gazdasag MTI on Monday.

He projected this year's harvest to about 50,000 tons, 30% more than the year before.

Meanwhile, there are 18-20% less apricots expected in Europe, offering a good export market for the Hungarian fruit,  Szabo said.

Farmers grow apricots on 4,700-5,300 hectares of land,  Szabo said, adding that about 70% of apricots are processed.