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Farmers plant fewer melons but harvest quality 'excellent'

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Hungarian farmers planted melons on an area one-fifth the size of that in 2020, but yields are "very good" and crop quality is "excellent", Agriculture Ministry deputy state secretary Tamás Tarpataki said at a melon promotion campaign on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Farmers planted melons on 3,700-3,800 hectares this year and yields averaged 40,000-45,000 tonnes per hectare, Tarpataki said.

He noted that Hungary is the fourth-biggest producer of melons in Europe after Spain, Greece, and Italy.

"Hungarian melons are world class not only in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality, too," he added.

Last year, Hungarian farmers harvested 147,351 tonnes of watermelon and 12,523 tonnes of muskmelon, data from the Central Statistics Office (KSH) show.

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