The Hungarian Agriculture Minister, István Nagy, addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference, discussing the progress rural areas have made since 2010 and attributing it to Fidesz governance. In his speech, Nagy identified the need to eliminate the leftist political legacy that hurt rural areas for years and praised the government’s strict land laws for helping Hungarian farmers.
Stricter Land Laws
To combat the farmland acquisition by foreigners and protect the interests of local farmers, the Hungarian government implemented some of the strictest land laws in Europe. Nagy attributes this move to setting Hungary’s rural areas on a growth path, leading to the strengthening of agricultural practices.
Prosperity and Security
Improving Hungarian rural areas has translated to a boost in prosperity for the whole country. According to Nagy, secure food supply, based on Hungarian agriculture and rural areas, is strategic and essential for national security. During uncertain times like the coronavirus pandemic and the Ukraine war, Hungary is capable of supplying safe and fresh food to more than twice its population.
Promoting Functional Division of Labour
The Hungarian government envisions building a society based on the functional division of labour between cities and rural areas. Such a strategic move aims to strengthen agricultural and rural areas and promote prosperity for the whole country.
Hungary's rural areas have undergone progress since 2010, and the government has implemented strict land laws as among the steps to protect local farmers. A boost in agriculture and rural areas has helped strengthen the country's prosperity, and it is part of Hungary's strategic plan to establish functional divisions of labour for continuous growth.
Questions & Answers
What is Fidesz government in Hungary? Fidesz is the governing conservative political party in Hungary.
What did Agriculture Minister István Nagy say about rural areas in Hungary? Agriculture Minister István Nagy said that Hungary's rural areas have undergone progress since 2010 that "everyone should see", thanks to the governance of Fidesz.
What was the state of the countryside before Fidesz came to power in Hungary in 2010? According to Agriculture Minister István Nagy, the countryside suffered from a dearth of jobs and resulted in people moving away from rural areas and farmland falling into the hands of foreigners, as well as the dismantling of the food industry.
What action did Fidesz take after coming to power in 2010 in Hungary? After coming to power, Fidesz "set Hungarian rural areas on a growth path: it adopted one of the strictest land laws in Europe and protected, and will always protect, the interests of Hungarian farmers," said Agriculture Minister István Nagy.
What is the significance of agriculture and rural areas in Hungary? According to Agriculture Minister István Nagy, strengthening agriculture and rural areas brings about the prosperity of the whole country. Secure food supply is also a matter of strategic and national security, as proven during the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
How is Hungary doing in terms of food supply? Hungary is currently able to supply twice its population with fresh, safe food, according to Agriculture Minister István Nagy.
What is the government of Hungary working towards in terms of the relationship between cities and rural areas? The government of Hungary is working to establish a society based on a "functional division of labour" between cities and rural areas, according to Agriculture Minister István Nagy.