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Grain from Ukraine in Poland. Minister of Agriculture Robert Telus announces an agreement with Ukraine – Paweł Kuroczycki comments

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Ukrainian grain is to stop flowing to Poland. This was announced by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Robert Telus. – This agreement will not eliminate the surplus that is currently in our warehouses, and this surplus means that there will be no place to deposit grain from the upcoming harvest – said Paweł Kuroczycki from the weekly-rolniczy.pl portal in TVN24’s “Wstaysz i weekend”. In his opinion, Poland, like Hungary and Slovakia, could have stopped grain deliveries from Ukraine earlier. – There are definitely mycotoxins in this Ukrainian grain, if our services wanted to find them, but apparently they do not want to for political reasons – assessed Kuroczycki.

On Friday, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Robert Telus, after talking to his Ukrainian counterpart, announced that Ukrainian grain would not flow to Poland. – We have settled a very important matter and I hope that on Monday we will announce it officially – added the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Paweł Kuroczycki from the weekly-rolniczy.pl portal commented on this information in “You get up and the weekend” on TVN24. – Political scuffles are probably going on. Without exports through Poland, Ukrainian farmers, especially from the western districts, will have a huge problem with getting rid of what they harvested last year, and perhaps even earlier – he said.

– Let’s hope that this agreement will be reached, but I think that geopolitics may stand in the way of this agreement, it may interfere – assessed Kuroczycki.

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“The agreement will not eliminate the surplus”

According to him, the agreement with Ukraine “maybe just a little” to reassure the protesting Polish farmers.

– This agreement will not eliminate the surplus that is currently in our warehouses, and this surplus means that there will be nowhere to deposit the grain from the upcoming harvest. This will be a huge problem for us, because it’s not just about prices – the TVN24 guest pointed out, adding that “not all farmers have a place to store their grain”.

– And then what? We will return to the times from 20-30 years ago, when there were huge queues in front of the elevators, you had to wait two days for the goods to be picked up, and this will not have a positive effect on the mood of farmers, noted Kuroczycki.

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Grain from Ukraine in Poland

In addition, grain from Ukraine still goes to Poland. – Grain flows because it can flow, because there are no customs barriers between the European Union and Ukraine, they were lifted on May 30 last year as a result of the invasion Russia to Ukraine and in fact this trade can, at best, be somehow administratively stopped, slowed down, but I would not expect an open, bilateral agreement here, miracles that it will suddenly stop, that it will not go ahead – assessed Paweł Kuroczycki.

He was also referring to the decision Hungarian and Slovakia, which suspend grain deliveries to Ukraine. – The Slovaks have suspended the release of grain from Ukraine to the market until all these shipments have been examined. They found an insecticide banned in 2020 in the European Union, and therefore in Poland, in one of the grain shipments and, guided by the precautionary principle, forbade further sale and processing of this grain, which was brought from Ukraine. This is not a ban on imports from Ukraine, but only a suspension, he explained.

– We could also use such a tool – added the guest “You get up and the weekend”.

Kuroczycki was asked why Poland had not decided to take such a step. – Hungarians found mycotoxins, Slovaks found chlorpyrifos (…). Mycotoxins are very common, common in grain. They are produced by mold fungi, this is a problem that farmers face every day – he pointed out.

– There are definitely mycotoxins in this Ukrainian grain, if our services wanted to find them, but apparently they do not want to for political reasons – summed up Paweł Kuroczycki from the weekly-rolniczy.pl portal.

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