In Hungary the average size of the 'large estates' is among the largest in Europe: about 3,200 hectares. This land concentration damages food sufficiency, leads to rural depopulation and has led to the expansion of large-scale monocultural agriculture and increasing social tensions in the Hungarian countryside. In 2010, the government followed through on its election promises and put 65,000 ha of state land available through a public tender. The aim was to support young local farmers and their families by offering them low-cost leases for 20 years. However, the tender process was plagued with irregularities and corruption. A series of scandals erupted after the announcement of the results of the first round of tenders as most of the land has been leased to Hungarian agro-businessmen and capitalists and cronies close to the governing party.