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Hungary fish production grows slightly in 2009

Fish production in Hungary will reach about 22,000-24,000 tons in 2009, slightly more than in 2008 and similar to the average over the past several years, head of the Hungarian National Fish Producers Association Sándor Orosz told MTI.

Orosz said the fact the market did not contract was a significant result. He attributed the rise to marketing campaigns in earlier years and the Fishing Operative Program approved by Brussels.

Annual per capita fish consumption in Hungary has risen 1.2 kilogram-1.3 kilogram over the past ten years to reach 4.2 kilogram, and this is expected to rise to 6kg by 2013. Still, the figure is well under the 17 kilogram annual per capital average for Europe as a whole.

Hungarians consume about 30% of the fish they eat in the last month of the year. (MTI-Econews)