The Council of Agriculture (COA) of the Executive Yuan said that Taiwan and Hungary have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on agricultural cooperation at the Taipei Representative Office in Budapest on September 2, 2014. Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and its related officials were invited to attend the signing ceremony. The COA stressed that the newly inked MOU will create a new chapter in bilateral cooperation in agriculture, further strengthening the agricultural cooperative partnership between the two nations. Based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit, both countries will be devoted to promoting collaborations in terms of crop, animal husbandry, forestry, fishing and environmental sustainability.
As the COA noted, Taiwan has been actively involved in agricultural science and technology for many years. However, the research and development of agricultural science and technology must be connected to the world. Through international cooperation we can overcome various challenges and impacts that agriculture in the new century is faced with. The goal is to ensure the sustainable development of agriculture and the quality and safety of agricultural products, further creating a new value in agriculture.
The COA also pointed out that Hungary is an important European agricultural country in central Europe as it is located in the heart of Europe and is a member of the European Union. In addition to planting corn and wheat as its important crops, Hungary is also noted for its livestock, such as its unique Mangalica hogs and grey cattle. Moreover, the country also stands out in its wheat processing technology, livestock breeding and processing technology. Surely Taiwan can learn a lot from Hungary from these aspects. Therefore, Taiwan will further discuss the possibility of bilateral cooperation with Hungary, expecting to combine both countries’ advantages to tap into European and Asian markets in a win-win situation.