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Professional group aims to boost consumption of milk, dairy products

The Dairy Products Council aims to raise per capita consumption of milk and dairy products in Hungary from an annual 160 liters to 200 liters over the next ten years, council spokesperson Erzsébet Bakos said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Milk and dairy product consumption Hungary is about half the European Union average, although the country is in the middle of members states when it comes to consumption of milk alone, Bakos said. Per capita consumption of milk is 63 liters a year among Hungarians.

Between 1.5 billion and 1.6 billion liters of milk is produced in Hungary each year and about 1.3 billion liters is processed, down sharply from almost 2 billion liters and 1.7-1.8 billion litres, respectively, just a few years ago. The Dairy Products Council aims to raise production back to 2 billion litres by 2020, Bakos said. It wants to raise the stock of milking cows from 174,000 to 360,000, she added.

The Dairy Products Council has won a grant of about HUF 70 million to popularize milk and dairy products in the country. (MTI-ECONEWS)