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Poland’s food products exports could suffer this year from Russia’s import ban - minister
February 13, 2014   
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Poland's Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba
Poland's food and farming products exports will likely increase by around 10% in 2014, Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba said on Wednesday, adding that Russia ban’s on pork and potatoes imports from the EU could negatively affect this forecast.

"I think that food export this year could be higher by around 10%," Kalemba said. However, the embargo introduced by Russia on pork and potatoes imports from the EU is among negative factors which could affect 2014 performance.

There has been no breakthrough in EU-Russia talks aimed at lifting the ban on pork imports from the EU imposed by Russia on Jan. 29 after African Swine Fever (ASF) cases have been reported in Lithuania, Kalemba also said.

Kalemba said that Poland was free from the virus. "Wild boars that spread the virus have been tested in Poland, especially in border provinces in north-eastern Poland.

In 2012 Poland's pork exports to Russia reached EUR 43.5 million. In the first half of 2013 they were worth EUR 33.1 million, up from EUR 15.8 million a year earlier.

In 2013 Poland's food exports grew by 11.5% to EUR 19.96 billion, according to the Central Statistical Office (GUS) data. Poland thus recorded a surplus of EUR 5.74 billion, up by 32% y/y.
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