Food security vital to Poland's sovereignty: gov’t minister
PR dla Zagranicy
Food security is vital to Poland's sovereignty, the country’s agriculture minister said on Friday.
Jan Ardanowski. Photo: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz
At a meeting in south-eastern Poland, Jan Ardanowski told farmers they had a special role in society.
“If we want to be a sovereign country, a country that decides itself how it develops and about its existence, then it is difficult to imagine sovereignty without food security,” he said.
Ardanowski added that farmers “should not be -- as was the case for many years -- treated as ballast, a burden, a problem, a ball and chain.”
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said earlier this week the Polish government was ready to amend the budget if needed in order to pay compensation to agricultural producers hit by drought.
Amid scorching temperatures, almost 65 percent of arable land in Poland has been affected by a lack of rain, according to state news agency PAP.