A priority goal is to strengthen the food chain

By: STA Date: 2023. 04. 18. 11:00

The food industry is a very complex area, but it is only part of the whole, the food chain, the regulation and examination of which can only be understood in its context, said Dr. Beáta Olga Felkai, Deputy State Secretary responsible for food chain supervision, at the Hungalimentaria 2023 conference in Budapest.

The deputy state secretary explained that the four basic areas of the chain approach are agriculture, food processing, trade and the consumer, but there are also many sub-areas connected to it, the operation of which is vital. For example, the issue of logistics, the availability of packaging material, or the presence of authorities covering the entire chain. Dr. Beáta Olga Felkai highlighted that between 2014 and 2022 HUF 730 billion in support has flowed to the sector, in which almost 4,000 companies employ roughly 75,000 people and labor productivity has increased by 50 percent. More than 40 percent is related to exports, and according to the latest information, the sales revenue was approximately HUF 5,000 billion.

The deputy state secretary also touched on future goals

He explained that ensuring the safety of the food supply remains a priority task. This also requires the production of safe raw materials, so it is important to pay attention to e.g. on the amount of plant protection products or on the deliberate use of antibiotics. Excellent food is made from excellent ingredients. In addition, laboratory developments, animal protection and the strengthening of the fight against food counterfeiting are also planned. He drew attention to the fact that additional resources will be provided to the sector in the 2023-27 support period. 4,350 billion is available in the CAP for the entire chain. The government allocates 750 billion of this to the food industry.


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