We are spoiling our opinion in the world, because the world says that the Poles have kept the grain that North Africa should eat – assessed Joanna Solska from the Polityka weekly in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24. Poland is trying to help Ukraine in the transport of grain to third countries. – It was quite a big chance for Polish logistics, for Polish ports, that we could export this grain through Polish ports to other countries – said Adam Abramowicz, spokesman for small and medium-sized enterprises. In his opinion, it was partially successful, but exports are still too small.
Joanna Solska from the Polityka weekly was asked about the most important challenges related to the food crisis that arose after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. – Lower supply of cereals all over the world due to Ukraine, but now also slightly due to drought, our organizational paresis in helping Ukraine, because some of the grain is sent to Poland, but we are not able to logistically transport this grain to the port, and then to North Africa, so we spoil our opinion in the world, because the world says that the Poles have kept the grain that North Africa should eat – said Solska.
In her opinion, the third challenge is “the government’s ineptitude and reluctance to see the problem.” – Because when Agrounia came to Warsaw to shout the problem, that there are full elevators on the eastern border and farmers are afraid that they will not buy grain from them, the only reaction of the government was to inform the Internal Security Agency that Mr. Michał Kołodziejczak may be a pro-Russian agent, it is not there is a way to solve problems. A few weeks have passed since then, I do not see anything changing, and the harvest is beginning, so there are too many of these problems, inefficiency – said Joanna Solska.
After the transport of Ukrainian grain began through Poland, reports appeared in the media that farmers were concerned about the influx as Polish warehouses were filling up. According to farmers, this may mean that during the harvest there will be no place in the silos for Polish grain from this year’s harvest.
“It was quite a big chance for Polish logistics”
According to Adam Abramowicz, spokesman for small and medium-sized enterprises, “it was quite a great chance for Polish logistics, for Polish ports, that we could export this grain through Polish ports to other countries”. – Here it was partially successful, but it is indeed too small a number, that is, half a million that are currently being transported. This is an extremely important problem, there is an agreement signed with the Ukrainian government on improving logistics, but it is indeed not enough at the moment, admitted Abramovich.
– Polish ports are not able to load and transport all the grain, but we also have ports in Germanyor in Lithuania. This is where the entire European Union should act, because in addition to helping the world with this food crisis, we can also earn on it. In addition, if this communication channel from Ukraine to Polish ports is well organized, we will also earn on it after the war – said the spokesman for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Ukraine is one of the world’s largest exporters of grain, mainly transported by sea. Millions of tons of grain are currently stored in ports on the Black Sea coast blocked by Russian ships.
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