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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, November 28, 2014

Farmers helpless against Moscow's embargo

Around 3,000 Polish farmers demonstrated on Thursday in Warsaw against the continued drop in the price of dairy products caused by Russia's embargo. Unfortunately such protests don't stand much chance of changing the situation, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza comments: "We can't count on Putin lifting the trade ban in a hurry. And we're not likely to find new export markets any time soon either. One alternative would be if the Polish population consumed more. ... As things stand, Polish producers have lowered their prices for hard cheese by 30 percent in a bid to boost purchases. Unfortunately this is hardly reflected in store prices because the supermarket chains are simply taking advantage of the embargo. ... And things aren't going to improve all that quickly. Unless the EU introduces new supplementary payments for exports, or a policy of intervention purchases for butter, cheese and milk powder."

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