An EU decree entered into force regarding the ban on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products
A new EU regulation was passed regarding grain imports from Ukraine
On Saturday, the EU decree came into force, which replaces the member states’ decrees in the matter of Ukrainian grain imports, the Minister of Agriculture announced at a press conference held at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border crossing in Záhony.
István Nagy called it good news that it is still not possible to import grain from Ukraine to the territory of Hungary and distribute it here, which means that the previous regulations regarding wheat, corn, canola and sunflower remain in force.
This decree is enforced as strictly and orderly as the measures taken within the jurisdiction of the member states – emphasized the head of the ministry.
The Minister of Agriculture assessed that the cooperation of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania forced the Brussels bureaucrats to back down.
“They finally understood that the influx of Ukrainian agricultural products into the European Union is causing such a high degree of internal market disruption that it must be dealt with,” István Nagy said.
He reminded that Hungary has drawn Brussels’ attention to the need for restrictive measures many times, but so far his request has “fallen on deaf ears”. However, as a result of the brave decision of the five member states, i.e. the individual import ban, they also realized the importance of joint action in Brussels, he said.
He added that the EU regulation does not regulate the obligations of contracts before May 2, so the Hungarian regulation applies to previous contracts.
The Minister of Agriculture expressed his hope that with this decision the Hungarian grain trade can finally start, and that the grain of domestic producers can go to the markets where the farmers intended it.
He noted that there is a verbal agreement that the EU will maintain this EU procedure even after June 5, but the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture is waiting for a written statement on this from the decision-makers in Brussels.
In order for five countries to withdraw from their own member state decisions, sufficient guarantees are needed, István Nagy stated.
The head of the ministry emphasized at the press conference that Hungary will not leave any loopholes open, and will not continue to allow Ukrainian grain to enter the country in an uncontrolled manner.
Transit deliveries are ensured, the solidarity corridor is operational, shipments entering the border are documented, checked, sealed and strictly monitored until they leave the country, he explained.
István Nagy stated that it must be ensured that the Ukrainian grain flowing into Europe, produced under much cheaper production conditions, reaches its traditional markets and does not overwhelm the entire EU market. However, for this, it is necessary to free up sea routes and increase the capacity of sea ports, he added.
LOOKOUT: Serbia – The 90th International Agricultural Fair opened in Novi Sad – GALLERY
The International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad celebrated its 90th anniversary this year
István Pásztor, the President of the Assembly of the Vojvodina Autonomous Region, visited the jubilee 90th International Agricultural Fair yesterday and viewed the stands of the institutions located in the “Master” hall of KITE Kft. and the Hungarian exhibitors in the 2nd hall, who was received by Slobodan Cvetković, CEO of Novosadski Sajam.
There can be serious demand for printed fish fillets
The first laboratory fish fillet is being developed by an Israeli-based company
The first laboratory fish fillet is being developed by an Israeli-based company. Due to the dwindling fish population and high environmental taxes, laboratory-grown fish foods may come to the fore, writes Euronews . The author refers to a study by Dalhousie University, according to which fish may practically disappear from the oceans by 2048, which, in addition to high environmental taxes, is expected to generate even more demand. The first fish fillet produced in laboratory conditions and printed using 3D technology may be on the market in Singapore next year.
It is also true for this product that cell culture is still a very expensive process, so the production costs are still uncompetitive compared to products made from traditional raw materials.
Steakholder Foods believes that their printed meats are more sustainable food, and the company supports forward-thinking and sustainable people, companies, organizations and countries. They believe that cultured meat will play a crucial role in significantly reducing the meat industry’s carbon footprint, reducing water and farmland use, and making meat safer and more accessible. We should have no illusions about the technology : it can be seen on the company’s website that the selected stem cells are obtained by sampling. If you scroll down, you can also learn about the concept of “bio-ink”, from which the meat slices are born in the incubator at the end of the process.
In the TIME article , you can read more interesting facts about how Israel became the global center of alternative meat technology. They also write about the fact that they appeared at the Food Tech Israel exhibition with amazing products such as reduced-sugar sugar, protein bar with all the positive properties of breast milk, caviar made from modified lake green algae, cheese made from microalgae, roast beef made from fermented vegetable proteins, and we could go on and on. The only animal-based product at the event was a single liter of cow’s milk hidden behind the plant-based drinks offered in the cafe.
It’s an interesting new world, given that Israel is second only to the United States in startups and investment in alternative protein companies, and has the highest per capita consumption of poultry. At the same time, it ranks fourth in red meat consumption, while the largest number of vegans in the world also live there.
Source: Krisztina Pető – NAK
National ice damage mitigation system – two-week summary 24.04.2023. – 05.07.
NAK issued a statement on the results of the National Ice Damage Mitigation System
Presentation of thunderstorm days from April 24 to May 7, 2023 in terms of generator activation and meteorological conditions
The weather between April 24 and May 7 was different from the average, as in previous weeks. In the given period, the distribution of precipitation was extreme, as larger amounts of precipitation fell in several areas, while larger areas remained dry.
Overall, the period was drier in most of the Great Plain, while it was wetter in Transdanubia and the northern part of the country. The last week of April was several degrees colder than usual.
Unusually for the weather of the period, several ice-threatening thunderstorms and four supercells formed in the country, so the ground generators were switched on for 8 days.
The affected ground generators were switched on according to the arrival and formation of ice-threatening thunderstorms.
The following maps show how much the generators had to be operated on average per county during the examined period (image 1) , as well as to what extent the thunderstorms that developed were dangerous and which areas were affected (image 2) .
More details can be found on the NAK website here.