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Polish apple farmers demand more help over Russian import ban

Polish apple farmers demand more help over Russian import ban
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Polish farmers demonstrated outside parliament in Warsaw on Tuesday against their government’s response to a Russian import ban on Polish apples.

They also blocked one of the country’s main motorways.

The farmers say they want not just compensation but for the government to find a new market for their apples such as turning it into biofuel.

One farmer said: “This year is very difficult, the crop yields are very high, the apples are of a very good quality. Unfortunately we do not know where we can sell them. If we sell them we do it at very low prices, prices that cover only half of the production costs.”

Before the ban, Poland exported more than a million tons of apples, with more than 900 tons going to Russia.

Moscow imposed the embargo on fresh produce from Europe in August in response to EU sanctions against Russian banks and businesses.

The farmers say that so far Polish authorities and the European Union have failed to help them.