Polish farmers require the extension of the restriction of Ukrainian grain imports.
Poland and Hungary in April unilaterally closed their boundaries for importing grain and other food from Ukraine. In May, the European Union allowed Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Bulgaria to ban the import of wheat, corn and oil crops until June 5, and then extended this ban until September 15th.
Now these countries, including Poland, require the continuation of the ban. And Polish farmers with concern await a solution to this issue.
According to a survey conducted by the largest portal of agricultural news Farmer, the price of forage wheat in the Polish market per ton was more than 1,500 zlotys (about 324 euros).
The correspondents of the Anadol were talked with farmers in the villages of Volsk, Mikhalo -City and Oltazhev.
Polish farmer Kshishtof, growing grain and onions in the village of Volsk, said that he had sold a ton of forage wheat for 750 zlotys (160 euros). “I am for the extension of the ban due to current prices for Polish grain,” he said.
The farmer from the village of Mikhalovet Peter noted that he supports the government’s decision to prevent the import of Ukrainian grain into the country. “I am not to send Ukrainian grain here, that’s all. That’s all I can say. Of course, we must help Ukraine, but we cannot hold the grain. It needs to be sent in transit,” he believes.
Ukrainian Svetlana, working as a farm laborer in the same village, said that her country is at war and needs to export grain to Europe.
Polish farmer Rafal from the village of Oltazhev also believes that Ukraine’s support in the war cannot be compared with the situation with grain. “We have not yet been able to collect corn. I know and support the steps of the government regarding Ukrainian grain,” he stressed.
According to the World Bank, the share of agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for approximately 1.7 percent of the EU GDP.
approximately 60.5 percent of the working population in Poland operates in the service sector, 30.5 percent in industry and 9 percent in agriculture.
The Polish press draws attention to the change in wheat and corn prices. It is noted that the price of wheat as of September was 10 percent lower compared to the previous month and 41 percent lower than for the same period last year. It is noted that the price of foam corn is 33 percent cheaper than last year.
Farmers argue that if Ukrainian grain is in greater circulation, it will be very difficult to grow these products, the prices for which are already cheaper. For this reason, the Polish authorities say that they will protect the country’s farmers.