On Tuesday, farmers from the Opolskie Voivodeship planned protests in several major cities in the region. According to Agrounia’s announcement, a total of about a thousand tractors are to enter the streets. Drivers should expect delays.
Prudnik, Nysa, Opole, Kluczbork – these are the cities where Tuesday protests of farmers from the Opole region take place. Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, will be making a tour around the region and reminding a little bit of what is being fought for.
Farmers protest. Not only grain
– Agrounia fights for the interests of consumers. Farmers have to meet a lot of requirements, and we have opened up the market to products that do not meet these standards. Today, farmers do not know whether to sow corn. Consumers find it hard to imagine the answers to these questions. 35,000 tons of frozen raspberries were imported to Poland. Polish freezers and cold stores bought these raspberries, the ones you later buy for your tables. They already refuse contracts for the supply of raspberries from Poles – he said at a speech in Prudnik.
– Same goes for strawberries. Why buy Polish, more expensive, which are produced in a strong regime. This is normal, if you want to make a good product, it must cost money. The same thing happens with honey. It all came duty free, no inspection, no way to check. Everyone can now imagine that these raspberries could have been sprayed on Ukraine means prohibited in Poland – added Kołodziejczak.
Therefore, the inhabitants of the Opolskie Voivodeship must be patient and stand their ground. Farmers intend to driving around the streets of Prudnik, blocking the Nysa area, slowing down the traffic on the streets of Opole, but also going to the national road number 11.
They want the reintroduction of tariffs on agricultural products from Ukraine
The main postulate of the farmers is unchanged – to restore the duty on agricultural products imported from Ukraine.
On Saturday, the provisions of the Regulation of the Council of Ministers on the implementation by the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture of tasks related to the establishment of a support measure in emergency situations for the cereals and oilseeds sectors entered into force. The government approved the rules on Friday. On the same day, they were also published in the Journal of Laws.
The Regulation provides that additional support will be provided to producers of corn, rye, barley, oats, triticale, cereal mixtures or rapeseed or turnip rape, due to increased imports of cereals and oilseeds from Ukraine. Aid rates vary depending on the distance of individual regions of Poland from ports through which it is possible to export grain from the country and on markets in the west of the EU.
In accordance with the regulation of the Minister of Development and Technology published on Friday around 2 am in the Journal of Laws, the transport of agricultural goods from Ukraine through Poland is possible from Friday on the basis of EU regulations on external transit or on the basis of the convention on a common transit procedure drawn up in Interlaken, provided that the transit through our country ends in ports in Gdańsk, Gdynia, Świnoujście, Kołobrzeg or Szczecin or outside the territory of the Republic of Poland.
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