Farmers in Baranya County, west Hungary, have been directed by authorities to plough under around 400 hectares of corn after the crops were found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, regional radio MR6 said on Friday.
Deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development in charge of supervision of the food supply chain and agricultural administration Lajos Bognár confirmed the report, adding that the GMO seeds come from several foreign producers, and have been used elsewhere in Hungary as well.
The seeds are being analyzed and the ministry does not yet know how much of the crops need to the destroyed nationwide.
MR6 has learnt that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to thousands of hectares in the country.
Local farmers complain that the use of GMO seeds has only been revealed now when it is too late to sow again and the entire year's harvest has been lost.
Another problem is that the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is in liquidation, therefore if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company's creditors, rather than the farmers.
Unlike to several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary.