Budapest, April 3 (MTI) – Food safety is a global issue of primary importance, and internationally comparable, reliable data is the basis of adequate policies, farm ministry official István Madarász told the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) regional conference in Budapest on Monday.
At the conference, experts from twenty European and central Asian countries will discuss the new census for agriculture. The regional conference will focus on modern data collection methods and on defining the new opportunities and challenges FAO faces, Madarász said.
Vladimir Rakhmanin, assistant Director-General of the region, said in his address that broad and reliable statistics are at the basis of all informed policy decisions. FAO funds ten-year-long global agricultural censuses, he noted. The recent census uses new, cost efficient methods to collect data on the agriculture’s effect on the environment, greenhouse gas emissions, use of land and irrigation, among other things, he said.