Poland to compensate farmers over Ukrainian grain crisis

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A Polish parliamentary committee has approved the allocation of PLN 600 million (EUR 129 million) from the state budget to help Polish farmers who have incurred losses caused by the import of Ukrainian grain.

Grain prices have dropped in Poland and Polish farmers have had difficulties selling their produce owing to Ukrainian imports.

Ukrainian grain is being transported through Poland owing to a Russian blockade of the Black Sea, but instead of being imported on to other countries some of it has been bought up by Polish animal food producers, thus depressing the market.

On Thursday, the finance committee of the Sejm, the lower house of parliament, gave a positive opinion on funds being transferred from a special-purpose 2023 budget reserve to the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture.

Deputy Finance Minister Sebastian Skuza said that funds will be used to implement a programme to aid agricultural producers who have incurred additional costs due to the lack of stability on the wheat or corn market caused by the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Poland has criticised the EU for apparently failing to deliver on its promise to send grain imported from Ukraine to Middle Eastern and African countries.