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Hungarian farmers to get E.coli aid in August

Hungary's Rural Development Ministry will make available EU funds to Hungarian farmers to compensate for their losses caused by the E.coli outbreak in Germany.

The European Union on Tuesday approved €210 million in emergency aid for vegetable growers who could not sell their produce because of concerns about the deadly outbreak.

Farmers in Hungary will be eligible based on half of the average price of fruit and vegetables between 2007 and 2010. But members of cooperatives could get up to 70% of the value of their unsold produce in compensation, the Ministry said.

Famers with cucumber, tomato, lettuce, zucchini and pepper stocks unsold between May 26 and June 30 are eligible for the aid.