Poland: Almost 300,000 tonnes of apples, pears to be withdrawn

From 2 November, Polish fruit and vegetable producers interested in receiving EU support may submit their applications to the Agricultural Market Agency, notifying their willingness to transfer those resources to charity, told PAP vice president of ARR Lucjan Zwolak.

A few days ago, Prime Minister Ewa Kopac signed the relevant regulation to this end. In August, the European Commission extended its support for fruit and vegetable producers affected by the Russian embargo. The biggest help is provided to Polish fruit growers, who may be compensated for the withdrawal from the market of more than 296 thousand tonnes of apples and pears.

The support program will be in force until the end of June 2016. In this framework, Polish growers will also receive compensations for the withdrawal from the market of 1,750 tonnes of plums and grapes, 31,500 tonnes of tomatoes, carrots, sweet peppers, cucumbers and gherkins, and 1,900 tonnes of peaches. The Agency will accept applications only until the quotas are fulfilled.

For apples, compensation rates are similar to last year's and amount to approximately 0.70 zloty per kilo to cover the costs of sorting and packing, as well as transport. No more than 500 tonnes of fruit may be withdrawn per person and all fruits and vegetables intended for free distribution or other purposes must comply with the market's quality requirements.

Source: sadyogrody.pl

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