Hungary urges EU support for hard-hit hog farmers

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Hungary pressed the European Commission to take steps to support hog farmers, whose business is suffering because of the pandemic, outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) and higher feed prices, at a meeting of European Union farm ministers on Monday, the Agriculture Ministry told MTI.

Addressing the situation of hog farmers was made a key topic on the agenda of the video conference on the initiative of 13 member states, including Hungary.

State secretary Zsolt Feldman, who represented Hungary at the meeting, said pandemic restrictions have reduced hog farmers' sales at home and abroad even as higher feed prices raise input costs.

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Janusz Wojciechowski said the EC does not see reason to take concrete measures at present but will closely monitor the situation of the hog market.

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