Commentary V4

Poland applies for EU drought aid

Minister of Agriculture Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski has announced that Poland applied to the European Commission for the activation of a special aid due to droughts plaguing the country.

Over one-and-a-half thousand committees are working in municipalities in Poland to estimate the losses across an area of 1,800,000 hectares. Only 250 committees have finished their calculations. The drought has hit 15 voivodships, with Greater Poland, Lubuskie and Łódzkie having suffered the most.

Minister Ardanowski told Polskie Radio 24 that he had applied for an “activation of special disaster aid for Poland” to the EC last week due to the drought. 

“I introduced the necessary form and right now, we estimate the losses to be EUR 250 mln, but that number will go up as the drought increases,” he explained.

Ardanowski believed that there will be a long waiting time for those funds, and although he is counting on EU aid, he admitted that “if you know how to count, count on yourself. It cannot be that we cannot manage our water supplies.” 

The ministry will introduce a program of PLN 100,000 returns on investments which farmers will need to improve water economy in their households. The whole program, at first, will be worth EUR 100 mln.

“I hope that at least several thousand households will use this program,” the minister said.

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