30 March 1999
Polish agriculture hard up

POLISH farmers are up in arms after a fall in sales to Russia and a collapse in agricultural prices, according to a special report on the countrys farming in the Financial Times.

It finds there is a chronic shortage of local funds to allow the sector to restructure.

This will only be solved after it eventually gets access to funds from an enlarged European Union (EU), according to the article.

But for the moment farmers are concerned about the damage EU policies are causing.

Many of Polands farmers see it as a competitor which uses subsidies to undercut their local and foreign markets while closing itself off from Polish food exports.

  • Financial Times 30/03/99 page 6 (Poland survey)