OREANDA-NEWS. “Hungary has an interest in agricultural innovation that sets as its goal sustainable development and the reduction of substances that are damaging to the environment”, Minister of State Andrea Gulys from the Ministry of Agriculture said in Kunming, China, at a summit of Chinese and Central-Eastern European Agriculture Ministers.

The 11th such forum and ministerial meeting was held in the capital of Yunnan province within the framework of the Chinese Government’s “One Belt, One Road” mechanism.

At the forum, China’s Minister of Agriculture highlighted the fact that the amount of food imported into China from the countries of Central-Eastern Europe is growing every year and consumers are increasingly familiar with the countries and products of our region and have confidence in their quality.

Hungary is participating in the China International Agricultural Trade Fair, which is being held parallel to the forum, with its own pavilion. Hungarian exhibitors include enterprises that market pork, Hungarians wines and animal diagnostics equipment.

During her visit to China, Minister of State for Public Administration Andrea Gulys met with the leaders of the national central city of Chongqing, which has a population of 33 million people. Ms. Gulys and the chairman of the city’s Science and Technology Committee signed a declaration of intent on facilitating agricultural cooperation after which the Hungarian-Chongqing Centre for Scientific and Technological Transfer was founded by Bay Zoltan Applied Research Non-profit Ltd. and the Chongqing Science and Technology Committee High-tech Incubator Centre.

Via the Hungarian Consulate General established in Chongqing in 2010, Hungary plays a significant role in the foreign affairs of the western Chinese region, especially including Chongqing, and there are currently several Hungarian agricultural technology projects underway within the region.