Agriculture Minister: Protection of soil, water reserves joint responsibility
Greeting the meeting, Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said that while Hungary was rich in good-quality water, last summer had been plagued by droughts. Preserving water in backwaters and rivers through systematic channelling, reserving water bodies and irrigation is an effective counter-measure against climate change, he said.
Another important factor is quality soil, a key to the production of healthy and high-quality food, Nagy said. Soil improvement and sustainable agriculture are a priority in Hungary, he told the meeting.
FAO’s European Committee on Agriculture is meeting in Budapest on September 27-28, with the representatives of some 40 states discussing the sustainable use of soil and water in Europe and Central Asia.