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Hungary scrutinises Ukrainian grain bound for local markets

Hungary will subject Ukrainian grain bound for markets in Hungary to "strict checks" to ensure compliance "with all food safety regulations", Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said on Monday.

In a statement issued by his ministry, Nagy said Hungary will offer any assistance it can to see Ukrainian grain reach its “original destination”: consumers in Africa and the Middle East.

He noted that Hungary, together with Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, have asked the European Commission to take immediate steps in the interest of reducing imports of Ukrainian grain that are driving down prices on local markets, but complained that “Brussels isn’t listening to the voice of Europe’s farmers”.

“We won’t allow Hungarian farmers to be put at a disadvantage because solidarity lanes aren’t functioning properly,” he added.

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