Sándor Fazekas: Huge opportunities for Hungarian agriculture in Russia

Thursday, February 7, 2013

There are huge opportunities for Hungarian agriculture in Russia said Rural Development Minister Sándor Fazekas while visiting the “Gyula” meat processing plant on Wednesday.

The minister remarked that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held high level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov during his recent visit to Moscow, about Hungary agricultural exports to Russia.

Fazekas announced that he visits Russia Sunday to take part in the opening of Prodexpo International Food and Beverage Expo in Moscow on Monday. During his visit he will hold talks with Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov to review export related issues, examine further possibilities to improve bilateral relations and explore new market opportunities for the Hungarian agricultural sector.

Russia may be the savior of the Hungarian meat industry as the government won't allow the destruction of the Hungarian meat industry (by the European Union ed.).

Local governments spend 5.5 billion HUF on restructuring the Kaposvár, Pápa and Gyula meat processing plants so helping thousands of employees to keep their jobs.

The Hungarian agricultural sector increased its production substantially in the past two years said Fazekas. More and more companies are recognizing that Russian trade partners are reliable and they buy significant amount of quality food products, which is a great potential for the Hungarian meat industry said the agriculture minister.

Russia is our top trading partner, we have eliminated all trade barriers and administrative constraints that existed between the two countries; now, we are promoting Hungarian companies in Russia and constantly, exploring new market opportunities for Hungarian agricultural products said the minister.

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Anonymous said...

Good old fashioned agricultural trade is the way to go - no GMOs and no foreign-owned industrial agriculture.

Capitalism is based on managing its inherent crises. It is also based on the need to maximise profit, beat down competitors, cut overheads and depress wages...To provide a further edge, trade unions and welfare were attacked in order to suppress wages at home. Problem solved. ..
As wages in the west stagnated or decreased and unemployment increased, the market for goods was under threat – if people have less money to buy things, then what to do? New problem, new ‘solution’ – lend people money and create a debt-ridden consumer society. Of course, it produced great opportunities for investors in finance, and all kinds of dubious financial derivatives and products were created, sold to the public and repackaged and shifted around the banking system. That market became saturated and the debt bubble burst. This time around the ‘solution’ is to print money and give bailouts to the banks to cover their gambling losses and to get them lending once again. .. neo-liberalism, the current crisis has become an opportunity for the finance sector to exert long-term debt-related control over sovereign states, including public asset stripping via ‘austerity’.

On a global level, as local democracy is usurped by the influence of international finance and powerful corporate interests under the guise of ‘globalisation’, traditional agricultural practices and local economies have been ‘structurally adjusted’ .. and farmers forced from their land. The fact that such people can then at least swarm to some sprawling, overburdened city and, if lucky, get a few dollars a day job in an outsourced sweatshop or call centre is somehow passed off as capitalism’s ‘economic miracle’.
... Russia, China and the EU were not the pushovers for GMOs that US agribusiness hoped they would be.
Now that the government and Western agribusiness have conspired to set the corporate controlled merry-go-round in motion, there may be little chance of getting off. Having had control stripped from them, farmers may well be forever beholden to US agribusiness which took their power.

Privately owned agribusiness, as is the way with capitalism in general, is based on short-termism...the logic of capitalism,US agribusiness is designed to stumble from one crisis to the next. And it will do so by hiding behind the banners of ‘innovation’ or ‘research and development’.

And with each new ‘fix’, with each technology, with each new pesticide, herbicide, GM innovation, we become further removed from working in harmony with nature as we attempt to dominate it with some or other biotechnology that further damages both ourselves and the environment. But, it’s all good business. And that’s all that really matters. There’s always money to be made from blaming the victims (in this case, farmers) for the mess created and from a continuous state of crisis management (aka ‘innovation’ and bombarding farmers with a never-ending stream of new technologies); and, as we are well aware in India’s case, there’s money to be made from the suffering of others.

Ultimately, this is what capitalism is all about: planned obsolescence – planned obsolescence of its products, in order that profits can be made from a stream of new ‘wonder’ products..

Capitalism doesn’t solve its problems, it just shifts them around. And part of the great con-trick is that it attempts to pass off its endless crises and failures as brilliant successes.

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