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Agriculture ministry: Hungary to extend, expand Ukraine grain import ban

The government will protect the interests of Hungarian farmers and after Brussels decided not to maintain the import ban on Ukraine agricultural produce, Hungary will extend the ban on the import of Ukrainian grain on its own national authority and expand it to more products, Minister of Agriculture Istvan Nagy said on Friday.
16. September 2023 10:20

The ministry cited Nagy saying that the EU ban on the import of certain Ukraine agricultural products expires at midnight.

The moratorium must be maintained in order to prevent market disruptions, Nagy said. If cheap Ukrainian imports again swamped the markets of EU countries neighbouring Ukraine, there will not be enough storage capacity for the autumn harvest and it will be impossible to sell products in the domestic market, he added. As a result, farmers would have to face even greater difficulties which must not be allowed to happen, the minister said.

“We will protect the interests of Hungarian farmers under any circumstances and by all means,” Nagy said, adding that Hungary would continue to allow the transit of Ukrainian products through its territory.

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