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Hungary bans imports of Ukrainian farm products

Hungary is banning imports of Ukrainian grain, oilseed and other farm products until June 30 to allow time for a "rethink" of European Union measures that have resulted in a glut on local markets, Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said late on Saturday.

The ban is similar to one introduced by Poland, Nagy said.

Exemptions for Ukrainian farm products from customs duties and quotas have flooded neighbouring countries with cheap grain and oilseed, as well as large volumes of poultry, eggs and honey, making it “impossible” for farmers in Hungary and other Central European countries to sell their products, he said.

Farm sector players expect the European Union to ensure fair market conditions, he added.

The Hungarian government stands by Hungarian farmers and will protect Hungarian agriculture, he said.

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