Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: We want to base the plan for the rural areas on three pillars: protection, support and development

We are presenting the Plan for the rural areas, because agriculture is one of the basic pillars of our economy. I cannot imagine a strong Polish economy without a strong Polish agriculture said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at a press conference with the participation of Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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As the Prime Minister pointed out, we want to trade with the whole world, but first we have to have something to trade – we need the fruits of our farmers' work, thanks to which Polish food, very healthy and the tastiest, will become famous all over the world.

Three pillars of the Plan for the rural areas: protection, support and development

Protection in the situation when natural disasters occur, such as this year’s drought. Support in the case of market organization, when, just like this year, the issue of oversupply of, for example, soft fruit, shall occur. The third component is development based on advanced equipment, materials and technologies, so that Polish agriculture is one of the most effective in the world. This is what we care about the most announced the head of government.

The Prime Minister reminded that during the times of the PSL and SLD governments in the 1990s, the major companies from the food processing sector were sold; today we want to recreate this opportunity by building a national food group.

The plan for the rural areas is a plan for small and large farms

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that the government wants Polish farmers to compete more and more bravely and successfully with the wealthy Western corporations, which requires the activity of Polish institutions and support in particular areas. I mean, among other things, antitrust, anti-cartel activities, i.e. price collusion between individual recipients, if such cases exist, of course. We will observe this issue very carefully said the head of government.

The plan for rural areas also assumes that a farmer who works in the sweat of his brow will be able to sell his produce at a decent and more stable price the prime minister pointed out. We want to offer contracts in specific periods of the year, early in the growing process, so that farmers have a relative predictability when it comes to the prices of collection and purchase of their agricultural products. This is extremely important underlined the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the government wants to focus on development in various market segments. In this context, he drew attention to the varied needs of farmers and explained that the Plan for the rural areas includes regulations for both farmers who have several hectares, as well as those who have 100 or 200 hectares. Our plan includes adequate regulations for both - support, development, protection he stressed

Increased retail sales of agricultural products on local markets

Agricultural retail is the apple of our eye We want to significantly increase the possibility of retail sales of agricultural products on local markets, in local stores, even at gas stations, which is what is possible in Austria or France, and we have been told so far that it is impossible,” said the Prime Minister and recalled that in 2011, PSL "prohibited and imposed fines on the sale of agricultural retail products, e.g. at marketplaces.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized that the government of Law and Justice has already introduced changes in this respect - the sales limit for agricultural products has been increased to 20,000 PLN without having to pay tax. As he announced this threshold will be increased to 40,000 PLN; of course, sales over this amount will also be possible, for a very small, 2% tax. There will be an expanded range of available retail locations so that people might expand their sales of their produce.

The head of the government also mentioned the problem of drought, which seriously affected farmers this year. He appealed to make damage estimates in municipalities, because we have the means to compensate at least some of the losses and we need a fair and honest evaluation of losses resulting from the drought.

We want to emphasize how important the countryside is in our economic and social culture. Farmer's work is so valuable that we all have to respect it, appreciate it, support it. We are committed to this said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the end.

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