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Agricultural research centre receives funding of HUF 260 million a year for three years
13 August 2019
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The National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NAIK) is going to receive HUF 260 million a year for three years for its project selected for funding in the Thematic Excellence Programme – the President of the National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI ) Office announced this Tuesday in Gödöllő.

Zoltán Birkner explained: the Government’s goal with the thematic programmes is to help transform Hungarian universities and public research institutes into the international centres of one or more specific topics, thus overarching scientific disciplines and institutions. To achieve this goal, HUF 14.6 billion will be distributed among 26 institutions – the President of the NRDI Office said.

Csaba Gyuricza, Director-General of NAIK explained that the funded protein feed project will potentially contribute to the qualitative and quantitative development of the Hungarian agriculture and improve social welfare. It aims to replace or at least supplement the GMO soy protein used in Hungary, which mainly come from imports. He added: this aim is also enshrined in the Fundamental Law which confirms that Hungary envisions a GMO-free future for its agriculture. We have almost everything for this in the production of agricultural raw material, except for GMO-free sources of protein – he added.

The head of the NAIK also pointed out that imported soy cannot be completely replaced in the Hungarian agriculture, but there are alternative solutions, so the funded research project will focus on them. The researchers will try to find alternative ways to supplement soy feed with similar composition feed from GMO-free Hungarian sources.

Gödöllő, 13 August 2019, Tuesday (MTI)

Agricultural research centre receives funding in the Thematic Excellence Programme - Press conference, 13 August 2019
Dr Zoltán Birkner, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office
Updated: 26 August 2019
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