The horticultural event “Vegetable Forcing Day” was held in Szentes, Southern Hungary last weekend for the 7th time and it was attended by members of the South Great Plains Horticulture Alliance (DélKerTÉSZ) as well as FruitVeB, the largest fruit and vegetable growing union and Minister for Agriculture István Nagy. The minister praised the dedication of the vegetable growers of the now 18-year-old DélKerTÉSZ alliance, and highlighted that joining forces in selling their produce, the farmers created opportunities for other sectors as well.
On October 19, a new call for applications will be announced for the modernization of horticultural production. The €82.4 million subsidy scheme is intended for the modernization of domestic vegetable producers’ cold storage, vegetable forcing and product processing infrastructures. Minister Nagy also commented that sectoral wholesale alliances play a cardinal role in Hungarian vegetable and fruit growing and that it’s the shared interest of producers and the Ministry of Agriculture to increase the efficiency of production and raise the added value of horticultural products.