Government to compensate farmers hit by drought

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that farmers who had their crops significantly affected by drought will receive financial help.

Farmers who lost 70 percent or more of their crops due to the drought will be compensated at PLN 1,000 (EUR 230) per hectare. The Prime Minister estimated the total cost of the assistance at PLN 2 bn (EUR 459 mln). The payments are to begin in September.

Morawiecki was speaking at the “Gratitude for the Polish Countryside” event in the small town of Kolno, eastern Poland.

“We want Polish agricultural products to be in the kitchens of western Europe, and they are. Exports of Polish food are growing and are helping to better the Polish countryside,” said the Prime Minister. The value of Polish food exported in 2018 is estimated at EUR 29 bn, about 6 percent higher than a year before.

“Through our actions, we want to help bring about a Polish countryside that is modern, that serves as the pride of the Polish economy,” he said.

Morawiecki went on to thank the Polish farmers, Country Women Associations and Volunteer Firefighters for retaining “the will for a sovereign, independent Poland. Poland which is strong, proud, Christian and faithful to our desire for a Great Poland.”