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RMF: Polish farmers blocked highway due to uncontrolled grain imports from Ukraine

Prices for local agricultural products in Poland fell sharply due to the import of Ukrainian products, which caused dissatisfaction among farmers. Details are provided by RMF.

According to the radio station, on March 7, local farmers blocked the highway in the Lublin Voivodeship. Thus, they expressed their dissatisfaction with the uncontrolled import of goods from Ukraine to Poland.

Falling prices for local agricultural products became a trigger that prompted locals to protest against the uncontrolled import of goods from Ukraine. Imports amounted to more than 10 million tons, last year this figure was 4 million tons, 2.1 million tons were delivered to Poland itself, which is 54 times higher than the figures from last year. Rapeseed imports have increased eightfold, seed imports have tripled, says the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

At the demonstration, according to local police, there were 200 people and 15 tractors. Due to road blockage, detours have been arranged.

The problem is that part of the Ukrainian grain remains within the borders of the Polish Republic and does not follow further, thus creating unnecessary competition for local products. Farmers believe that the aid promised by the Polish government is too small to cover their losses due to the influx of foreign goods that end up in their country.

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