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Hungary's next gov't to keep farmland with EU help

Hungary's next government will apply to the European Union for an extension of the moratorium on purchases of farmland by foreigners, chairman of Parliament's agricultural committee Sándor Font, a member of opposition Fidesz, which is tipped to win general elections in April, said in Budapest on Friday.

Font was speaking at a press conference following talks with EU commissioner for agriculture and rural development Dacian Ciolos.

Font said the two men discussed the future of the EU's Common Agriculture Policy after 2013, the issue of genetically modified crops and the World Trade Organisation.

Font said he would not like to see a continuation of different farm subsidy systems after 2013, rather the sector ought to be financed from central EU resources.

He told the EU commissioner that Hungary is not interested in the production of GM crops, on which Parliament has passed a resolution as well. Hungary is interested in a clean agricultural environment and clean food production, he added.

As regards the WTO, Hungary is of the view that the EU's borders cannot be closed for food trade. However, Hungary disagrees with the idea of importing food from countries where animal welfare and food safety laws or the ban on child labor are not observed, Font said. (MTI-ECONEWS)