Hungarian, Polish Farm Ministers for Scrapping of Special Duties on Chinese Apple Concentrate

Agriculture Minister Jozsef Graf on September 4th 2008. said he would work with his counterpart in Poland to press for the elimination of EU preferential duties on apple concentrate from China.


Graf was speaking before signing an agreement that will give Hungary's apple growers a HUF 70m-per-hectare subsidy to compensate them for their extra costs arising from last year's frost. Also under the agreement, Agrana, which controls 60 percent of Hungary's juice apple market, said it would pay suppliers at least EUR 0.09 per kilogram for their apples. Austria's Rauch, the other major apple processing company active in Hungary, did not accept the compromise farm-gate price.

Apple growers in northeastern Hungary have staged a series of demonstrations over the past few weeks to demand higher prices for their produce.

News Monitoring