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Grain from Ukraine. Jarosław Kaczyński, president of PiS, assured that Ukrainian grain is not a threat. Donald Tusk warned

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Jarosław Kaczyński, president of Law and Justice, assured farmers that they would not lose out on grain imports from Ukraine. – Everyone will sell their grain at really very decent prices, even if inflation is taken into account – argued Kaczyński in July 2022. At the same time, the leader of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, warned that “it must be organized in such a way that aid for Ukraine does not mean any very severe losses for Polish farmers.”

Former prime minister and chairman of PO Donald Tusk in June 2022, during a briefing in Lower Silesia, he drew attention to the competition of agricultural products from Ukraine. – There is a war, there is a blockade of ports, more and more transports (with agricultural products) go from Ukraine through Poland to other countries, but from the point of view of Polish farmers, this means that some of these grains will be sold here in Poland at significantly lower prices. This also means that the profitability of Polish farmer’s production may turn out to be very troublesome – said Tusk.

– We all want to help Ukraine, this is an indisputable matter, but it must also be organized in such a way that aid for Ukraine does not mean any very severe losses for Polish farmers. The authorities need to take this unexpected problem into account because we want to help, but we also need to take care of our people AFTER.

A few weeks later, the topic of grain from Ukraine was raised Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

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Jarosław Kaczyński about cereals from Ukraine

During a meeting in Kórnik (Greater Poland Voivodeship) in July 2022, the PiS president spoke about the issues “the most exciting for our society today, often exciting in the wrong sense, introducing an element of panic, fear, creating chaos.” In the opinion of the PiS president, such a situation is caused by statements made by representatives of the opposition.

One of the issues raised by Kaczyński was the issue of grain from Ukraine. – Indeed, Ukrainians are currently looking for places to sell or ways to sell their grain. They are a great exporter of grain, in some years it was even up to 80 million tons, which is a large part of world exports. It is in their interest to deliver this grain, it is in our interest, because we support Ukraine, but it is also in our interest, because if there is no grain, there will be famine, especially in North Africa, in the Middle East, and a new, huge wave of refugees will start to Europe . And they will again demand that we take them in, said the PiS president, adding that “we have already taken millions of Ukrainians.”

– So it’s in our interest, only this is supposed to simply pass through Poland, and all this news that there are some significant – because somewhere, someone, something to the left, of course – the amount of grain in the fodder mixing plant, in other places are simply false news. But it is still preached – emphasized Kaczyński.

The PiS president assured the farmers that no one would lose. – It is said that the drop in grain prices in some places is due to the fact that the silos are full. There is indeed a lot in the silos, but corn, not grain. Corn is also grain, but at least not wheat (…), and this corn will be used. How, I will not say at the moment, but it will certainly not be against the interests of Polish farmers, be sure of that – no one will lose, everyone will sell their grain at really very decent prices, even if inflation is taken into account – announced Jarosław Kaczyński in July 2022.

Jaroslaw KaczynskiPawel Jaskółka/PAP

Farmers’ protests

A few months after these words, we are dealing with growing dissatisfaction of farmers who have a number of comments about the government’s policy. From March 23. there is a protest in front of the Provincial Office in Szczecin, farmers are demanding, among others, to settle the issue of grain from Ukraine. The protesters broke the so-called green town.

Farmers are also protesting in other parts of the country, including in Gdańsk, and by the tracks from Ukraine in Hrubieszów, farmers have been demonstrating since Wednesday.

There were also resignations in the government. Henryk Kowalczyk, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, resigned last week. The reason for his resignation – as he himself indicated – was supposed to be the issue of grain from Ukraine.

He became his successor PiS MP Robert Telus. The new Minister of Agriculture met on Thursday in Szczecin with protesting farmers. As Telus said, the most important thing is to block the grain that is imported to Poland and to export the grain that is in our country, i.e. about 4 million tons. When asked how long it takes to export this grain, he replied three months.

Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that he had ordered subordinate services control of grain in warehouses.

Main photo source: Pawel Jaskółka/PAP

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