05 August 1998
Polish farmers demand import barriers

POLISH farmers have blocked roads demanding that the government raise barriers to food imports and spend more on the modernisation of agriculture before Poland joins the European Union.

Jacek Janiszewski, farm minister, promised a ban on imports of cheap grain if market support measures proved ineffective.

The government has acknowledged that farmers might face problems selling this years harvest because of low prices abroad and ample reserves. It has announced minimum prices on imported agricultural products, notably grain from 6 August.