Hungary is making strenuous efforts to ensure that grain stuck in Ukraine leaves the war-stricken country by rail, Dávid Vitézy, state secretary at the technology and industry ministry, said on Thursday.
The amount of grain crossing the Hungarian-Ukrainian border in the region of Záhony has increased eight and a half fold since January and the number of grain wagons waiting on the Ukrainian side of the border has decreased from over 4,500 to below 3,000, Vitezy said on Facebook.
Fully 12.4 billion forints (EUR 30.6m) are earmarked for extending and upgrading the rail network in the Záhony region.
Plant hygiene checks have been accelerated and engine-drivers regrouped to beef up staff, he said.
Vitézy said that due to the drought, Hungary was also buying grain from Ukraine.
The state secretary said Hungary would make further efforts to aid the transport of Ukrainian grain to its markets, which, he added, was a common interest of both countries, the European Union and the non-European recipients.