More agri funding under Polish New Deal, PM says

Around PLN 150 billion (EUR 33.5 billion) in agricultural funding is foreseen under the government's Polish New Deal economic recovery programme, Poland's prime minister said on Saturday opening a debate on the plan in Balice, southern Poland.

Mateusz Morawiecki said the Polish New Deal plan, whose adoption is necessary to activate funding for Poland under the EU's Recovery Fund for its pandemic-stricken economies, foresees both rural development funding and a special fund aimed to supplement EU subsidies for Polish farmers to the EU average.

Around PLN 150 billion will go for direct aid to farmers, to level per-hectare subsidies with the EU average. But it will also (finance - PAP) rural development," Morawiecki said in Balice.

Morawiecki said the New Deal's agricultural plan among others foresaw investment in local retention and amelioration projects, purchases of modern farming machinery and infrastructure upgrades in rural areas, including a road construction and upgrade programme.

Also planned are raised fuel subsidies, more aid for small farmers and changes in agriculture laws, Morawiecki said. He added that the legal changes will be mainly aimed to reduce red tape for farmers.