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EU farm ministers agree on need for strong agriculture policy

European Union farm ministers agree that the union needs a strong agriculture policy, Rural Development Minister Sándor Fazekas said on Tuesday after a summit in Brussels.

The future of the EU's Common Agriculture Policy after 2013 was the main topic of discussion at the meeting of farm ministers in Brussels, Fazekas said. The majority of those who aired their views at the meeting agreed that EU systems ought to continue to help farmers adapt to market conditions and support their competitiveness, while ensuring them a secure income as well as equal opportunity in rural areas through employment that keeps local residents from moving elsewhere, he said.

Most participants said direct subsidies could not be reduced from their current levels, Fazekas said. This was Hungary's stand too, as increasing support is not realistic because of the global economic crisis and other reasons, he added. (MTI-Econews)