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Farmers protest as grain purchases halt

2002-08-06 07:49
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2002-08-06 07:49

Farmers protest as grain purchases halt


Farmers continued protests started last week against halting of grain purchases by state-subsidised grain procurement companies, when the money for this year's purchases run out. Farmers have been waiting for many days now waiting in lines at silos, and in a number of cases turned to road blockades in protest. Agriculture Minister Jaroslaw Kalinowski said he would personally propose changes in the grain intervention purchase system to Prime Minister Leszek Miller, and the Agricultural Market Agency (ARR) promised to open a further 180 grain purchase points within ten days. If the new buy-up quotas originally scheduled for November and December are introduced now, ARR would be able to buy 400,000 tonnes of grain instead of 300,000 tonnes, although the overall amount of grain subject to intervention purchases in 2002 would remain unchanged at 4.2mn tonnes. Kalinowski was called to resign by the opposition radical farmers union Self-defence (Samoobrona), which claimed the government did not make necessary preparations for the current bumper crop, despite clear indications from the market about the looming crisis. Kalinowski denied accusations by saying that far more grain had already been purchased than in previous years. ARR's head Jan Sobiecki blamed exceptionally good weather and earlier harvest rather than the system for the situation where most of the companies contracted to buy grain do not have the necessary funds to do so. Earlier, ARR had advised farmers to delay selling grain, as growing subsidies to purchasing in the coming months would make the transactions more profitable. Most farmers, however, were saying they needed money now. kp,bb
Źródło:Polski IntelliNews
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