Agriculture Minister holds talks with Ukrainian counterpart on grain transport

Minister Nagy said a ban on Ukrainian farm imports to neighboring countries should be extended beyond the Sept. 15 expiration date.

Agriculture Minister István Nagy held a videoconference with his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Solskyi on Monday.

According to MTI, the pair discussed a European Union plan to establish a fund to support the transit of Ukrainian farm products so that grain, in particular, reaches target markets in Africa and the Middle East at competitive prices. Nagy noted that the proposal for the fund was made at a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Brussels in July, adding that a joint European solution must be found to manage the process. The minister welcomed a recent agreement between Ukraine and Croatia on the use of ports on the River Danube and the Adriatic Sea. Hungary, he said, backed fast-tracking produce to those ports.