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Cornerstone-laying ceremony of a new waterfowl plant was held in Mélykút

Cornerstone-laying ceremony of a new waterfowl plant was held in Mélykút

Agriculture and the food industry are “the heart and soul” of Hungarian economy, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the cornerstone-laying ceremony of a new waterfowl plant in Mélykút, southern Hungary.

The output of the food industry grew by an annual 6 percent to 1,673 billion forints (EUR 5.4bn) in the first seven months of this year compared to the same period of last year, Szijjarto noted. The sector employs 148,400 workers, a 5 percent growth since last year, he said.

Hunent invested 12.6 billion forints in the construction of the plant, with 4.4 billion forint government support.

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The plant will create 350 jobs and is hoped to turn the company into a market leader in the field, the minister said. Hunent Víziszárnyas Feldolgozó CEO Kurt Weiss said the built-up area on the 8.8 hectare plot will cover 18,300 sqm. During the first phase of project, Hunent will build a waterfowl slaughterhouse, a processing plant, a cold storage and freezer house and a wastewater treatment plant on the plot by October 2018, he said. The second phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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The plant will slaughter 50,000 ducks or 25,000 geese in a 10-hour shift, Weiss said.

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Source: MTI

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