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Agriculture minister has talks in Chad

Hungary is prepared to aid Chad's farm sector and stability with an agricultural consulting programme, a demo farm and cooperation in higher education, Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said after talks with Chad's Minister of Production and Agricultural Transformation Keda Ballah in N'Djamena on Sunday, his ministry said.

At the talks, Nagy underlined the importance of stability and predictability in Chad, the agriculture ministry said in a statement. That was why, he added, Hungary wanted to help the central African country in several areas.

Nagy highlighted health care, agriculture and higher education cooperation as areas that Hungary can help strengthen. Hungary is prepared to launch a demo farm in the region to demonstrate irrigation development technologies and experiment with seeds, he said.

The minister recommended Hungarian irrigation development technologies that can make farming more efficient.

The statement emphasised Chad’s role in maintaining stability in the region, as well as the importance of food security. It said Hungary was prepared to launch an agricultural consulting programme in the country with the aim of further improving farming competency.

Nagy also proposed boosting cooperation in higher education in the form of student and knowledge exchange programmes. He noted the FAO scholarship and Stipendium Hungaricum programmes as examples.

As part of the meeting, Nagy handed over crop seeds to his Chadian counterpart, the statement said.

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