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Farmers call for more irrigation

Hungary could raise its grain harvest to an annual 20 million tons from 15 million -16 million at present if farmers would irrigate more, István Jakab, head of farm association Magosz, said at a conference on Wednesday. Only about 100,000 hectares of farmland in Hungary are irrigated at present. Hungary has a total of about 5.3 million hectares of agricultural land, compared to 6.5 million hectares in 1990 according to the Central Statistical Office (KSH), and about 4.6 million hectares of that is plough-land. This number should rise by 30,000-50,000 hectares a year, said Janos Nagy of the Debrecen University's Agriculture and Farm Sciences Center.