“We are lucky to be able to rebuild our supply chains after the global lockdown. Export is growing”, said Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in an interview with daily ‘Nasz Dziennik’.
Ardanowski was asked by "Nasz Dziennik" whether he takes into account the second wave of the epidemic and the re-closure of the borders, and with it the interruption of supply chains.
“It would be very bad for us,” he emphasised. “We are lucky to be able to rebuild our supply chains after the global lockdown. Export is growing. And if something dangerous does not happen, it will approach the record level of 2019,” he added. “The value of exports of agri-food products reached an unprecedented level of EUR 31.4 billion back then,” he said.
The minister admits, however, that there may be unforeseen situations that will affect agriculture and announced instant responses to potential problems. However, he claims that closing borders is a big problem because food in Poland is produced in surplus, so it is necessary to export it in order to avoid wasting it.
Mr Ardanowski added that the Minister of Health has prepared special solutions for farmers to help them run their businesses. “Farm workers have facilities when it comes to crossing the border, quarantine or the opportunity to work from the first day. The Polish state also finances their COVID-19 tests”, points Ardanowski.
“Farmers comply with sanitary requirements, so I do not expect the virus to spread in the countryside. Industrial factories have also adopted special solutions. Employees are divided into smaller groups”, he explained.