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Agriculture Minister discusses preserving traditional rural values with Italian organisation head

Minister of Agriculture Istvan Nagy has discussed Italy's ban of artificial meat at a meeting with Ettore Prandini, head of the Italian agricultural organisation Coldiretti. Hungary, he said, was also considering banning lab-grown meat.

The matter of regulations in this area will be on the agenda of Hungary’s upcoming EU presidency, with extensive dialogue planned in the subject, Nagy said in a ministry statement on Thursday.

They also highlighted the desirability of preserving traditional rural values.

Nagy said unprecedented resources were available to support Hungarian investments in the food industry. “Our country relies on Italian investors and their technological know-how when it comes to implementation,” he said.

The difficulties caused by Ukrainian agricultural products were also discussed at the meeting. “It is our duty to protect Hungarian farmers’ interests,” Nagy said.

It is an important principle for Hungary that food products imported from third countries to the European Union should meet EU quality requirements, he said.

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