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Hungary seeks EU support for production of kiwis and figs

The Hungarian government has asked for the support to the production of kiwi and fig from the European Union, in spite of the fact that both fruits are usually imported from tropical countries to Hungary.

"Hungary initiated the extension of production support for the production of kiwi and figs at the European Commission," the Ministry of Agriculture announced on its official site. "Having assessed one of the largest kiwi plantations of the country, the ministry sees a real opportunity in kiwi and fig farming in Hungary, and initiated the expansion of production-linked hectare support at the EC.”

When these plans are put through, Hungarian farmers would be able to claim kiwi and fig production support as soon as 2019, says the ministry.

As a landlocked country, Hungary has continental climate; cold winters and very hot summers. However, the south of the country now is nearing a Mediterranean climate due to the effects of global warming. This means that the production of varieties that were unthinkable a few decades ago are becoming a reality.


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