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Pecs' powers station
Pecs' powers station
Joël Cossardeaux

PECS — When they first took the plunge two years ago, farmers around Pécs may have only seen it as a way to improve profit margins. Certainly nothing wrong with that. But as time went by, their foray into alternative energy production turned out to be much for this group of 50 pioneers, who live and work in the heart of Hungary"s great cereal-growing plain of Pannonia.

"Since we started working with the power station to supply it in straw, our revenues have doubled," says Ilona Hovathné Pinter, while her husband, driving his forklift truck, is busy moving huge haystacks that weigh several hundreds of kilos per unit.

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