Poland’s farmers are set to receive US$410 million in financial support from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture to help cope with losses caused by the 2018 drought. Over 200,000 farms (3.5 million ha) were affected by the hot and dry conditions across most parts of the country between April and mid-June, with the drought continuing in some parts of the west well into September.
Drought relief subsidies for Polish farmers
Poland confirms 15% fall in berry production
Poland’s Central Statistics Office (GUS) has confirmed forward estimates of berry production announced at the beginning of July. According to final data, total berry production in Poland in 2017 amounted to 500,000 tons, in line with previous predictions. This means a decline in Polish production of berries by 15% compared with last year. The fall in production can be ascribed principally to the unfavourable weather conditions in spring. The crops worst hit were the raspberry and currant with production falling by 20% from last year.
Poland’s apple fresh apple exports to fall due to low production and quality
According to data obtained from the Polish Government, the country’s fresh apple exports are expected to fall this year due to lower production and fruit quality, with forecast of 800,000 tons - about 300,000 tons less than 2016/17. During first quarter of MY 2017/18, exports from Poland were 40% lower than the corresponding period year, mostly due to lower exports to Belarus and Egypt. Before 2014, the Russian market accounted for about 50% of Polish total apple exports. In MY 2016/17, apple exports to the EU dropped by 10%, with shipments redirected outside of the EU.
Poland’s Fresh Market Conference attracts industry leaders
Polish exporters pack a punch at Fruit Attraction
There were 25 Polish companies presenting their fruits and vegetables at Fruit Attraction in Madrid last week – triple the number at the country’s first formal participation at the fair, in 2013.
With Poland a major exporter of fruit and vegetables and Spain one of its main markets, the country participated with its own stand, which was opened on the first day of the fair by Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Spain, Tomasz Arabski.
Visitors were later invited to a tasting of products from Poland, which is: