Polish farmers suspend their blockade at the Ukrainian border after a deal with the government

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Polish farmers suspend their blockade at the Ukrainian border after a deal with the government

According to Poland’s state news service PAP, the protest by farmers who had blocked a border crossing to Ukraine ended when they reached a deal with the government that met their needs.

One problem the new Polish government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk has to deal with is the anger of the farmers. The government wants to help Ukraine while also meeting the needs of Polish farmers and drivers whose jobs have been lost because of the war.

People on farms and trucks have been blocking border crossings since November, which has stopped some aid from getting into Ukraine.

Polish farmers say that Ukrainian food imports have pushed down prices, which has hurt their incomes, and Ukrainian drivers say that Polish truckers are undercutting them.

The truckers are still protesting, which is making lines that stretch for kilometres at several border points. A lot of trucks had to wait more than two days this week to cross.

A group of farmers named Deceived Village and Teresa Kubas-Hul, the leader of the bordering Ukrainian region Podkarpackie, signed a deal with the Polish Ministry of Agriculture on Saturday. The farmers decided to stop their protest at the Medyka border crossing as part of the deal.

According to PAP, the deal says that the agriculture minister agreed to what the farmers wanted, which was a 250 million zloty subsidy for maize production, a lower farming tax, and better loans for cash flow.

According to PAP, the demands will be carried out once the legislative process is over and all the necessary approvals from the European Union have been received.

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