Prime Minister during the Festival Grateful to the Polish Countryside: I thank you for your labour, work and enthusiasm. All of us in Poland are benefitting from the fruits of your work

The third National Day ‘Grateful to the Polish Countryside’ was held in Bralin near Kępno. The event, which has been organised since 2018, was established upon the initiative of Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. It constitutes an expression of gratitude for the Polish countryside and farmers for their hard work. On the occasion of the harvest festival, the Prime Minister also sent a letter to the farmers, in which he thanked them for their hard work and assured them that they would be aided by the state.

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Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Today, there is a particular reason to thank all farmers and the entire Polish countryside. It has always been the stand of Polishness and straightforward, moral law – the Prime Minister said. As he added, Polish farming and farmers have always guarded Polish identity.

Thank you for your labour, work and enthusiasm, because all of us in Poland benefit from their fruits – the Prime Minister wrote in his letter to farmers. In it, he emphasised that it is the duty of the country to provide farmers with economic and legal safety as they are the ones who provide our country with food security.

Actions of the Polish government for the farmers

The government of Mateusz Morawiecki respects and supports Polish farmers. We are committed to ensuring that no obstacle encountered by farmers, such as drought, flood or pandemic, is so formidable that your work would be brought to a halt. All support measures, aimed at providing not only actual, material help, but also a feeling that you are not left alone in need, serve this very purpose – writes Mateusz Morawiecki in his letter.

The head of the government also announced that a government support programme for villages affected by the injustice of the Polish transformation, villages in which State Agricultural Enterprises were located, will be launched this year.

PLN 1,200,000,000 for the support for farmsteads affected by the consequences of COVID-19 and within the framework of the Rural Development Programme

It is an uncanny year. Not only is there a drought, but also floodings. It is also a year of an epidemic that distorted the rhythm of the entire world. This year we are even more aware of the fact that Polish farming is the Polish raison d’état – the Prime Minister said.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all sectors, agriculture included. For this reason, the government has proposed an extraordinary, one-time action within the framework of RDP 2014-2020. The action is to support farmsteads affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum amount allowed under the provisions of the EU – EUR 7,000 per farmstead - will be allocated to the action. The applications will be accepted from 9 to 30 September 2020, and the funds will be paid to farmers until the end of 2020. Moreover, in relations to COVID-19, the government has ensured food security for the Polish people and guaranteed stability of the food product supply chain.

The government is helping farmers affected by the drought

In addition to the support provided to farmers in the form of immediate financial help, programmes countering the drought have been launched as well. The programmes comprise the expansion of irrigation systems in agricultural production, or improvement of soil fertility through liming. In the years 2019 and 2020, the government spent PLN 4,500,000,000 on drought aid.

Subsidies to farmers

Being aware of the challenges and the needs of our farmers, we are sending additional support for the countryside and farming, not only from the Common Agricultural Policy, but also from EU funds, so that the aid meets the growing needs – Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in the letter.

He stressed that the additional funds, successfully negotiated at the July EC summit, will be spent on, among other things, the development of local processing and local agricultural markets, in order to enable farmers, especially those from family farms, to be close and successfully sell their products. Moreover, the government will ensure that the conditions of the life in the country - the local roads, water supply, low level of retention and sewage systems in the country – are improved. These expenditures will be much greater than they have been so far. Fair allocation of all EU funds – over PLN 750,000,000 – in the next seven years will also be ensured.

Development Programme 2014-2020

W ramach programu zatwierdzono blisko 4,4 miliona wniosków o pomoc, złożonych przez rolników oraz przedsiębiorców i samorządy lokalne z obszarów wiejskich. Łączna kwota wyniosła 42,65 mld zł. Zrealizowano płatności dla ponad 1 mln 118 tys. beneficjentów na kwotę 28,9 mld zł, z czego ze środków krajowych wydano ponad 10,52 mld zł. W 2019 r. zrealizowano płatności w wysokości 7,32 mld zł, z czego w ramach środków krajowych wydano 2,58 mld zł. W okresie od stycznia do sierpnia 2020 zrealizowano płatności z PROW 2014-2020 w wysokości ponad 5 mld zł, z czego w ramach środków krajowych wydano 1,81 mld zł.

We have fought for and obtained the largest funds in the history of the countryside – the Prime Minister spoke further. The value of the government aid to farmers aimed at counteracting the drought in the years 2019 and 2020 amounted to PLN 4.5 billion.

Almost 4.4 million applications for aid, submitted by farmers, entrepreneurs and local governments from rural areas, have been accepted within the framework of the programme. The total amount was PLN 42.65 billion. Over 1 million 118 thousand beneficiaries received  in total PLN 28.9 billion, of which 10.52 billion came from domestic funds. In 2019, the amount of payments reached PLN 7.32 billion, of which PLN 2.58 billion was obtained from domestic funds. In the period from January to August 2020, payments from RDP 2014-2020, amounted to PLN 5 billion, of which PLN 1.81 billion came from domestic funds.

Bonuses for young farmers have been increased

You combine tradition, culture and faith with contemporary times in the most beautiful way – the Prime Minister said.

The government is also supporting the young generation of farmers. Those below the age of 40 can receive a grant in the amount of PLN 150 thousand for starting agricultural business activity. The grant in question used to be PLN 100 thousand. Agreements concluded with young farmers are worth over PLN 2 million.

Appreciation for the hard work of farmers

This year’s celebrations attended by, among other, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the minister of agriculture and rural development, Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, were inaugurated with a ceremonial mass celebrated by Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki in the Marian Sanctuary in Pólka near Bralin. Then, the harvest festival procession, accompanied by the Prime Minister, church authorities, representatives of the government and local government, proceeded to the place of the main celebrations, during which the Farmers’ Wives’ Association and the local producers presented local food and craftwork. An additional attraction of the celebrations was the performance of the Poligrodzianie Folk Dance Group. During the event, the Prime Minister presented the Farmers’ Wives’ Associations with medals commemorating 100 years of Polish independence for fostering the traditions of Poland. He also handed over promises as part of the Sport Development Programme 2020 and laid flowers in the place commemorating German crime in Torzeniec.

There would be no independence without the efforts of rural Poland, without Polish farmers who preserved the most important values of Polish culture – Mateusz Morawiecki said during the first National Day ‘Grateful to the Polish Countryside’ in Wąwolnica, Lubleskie voivodship. In 2019, the Day was celebrated in Kolno, Podlaskie voivodship.






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