Date
23 November 2017
Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples and the biggest supplier to the Russian market, accounting for 50 percent of apple imports. Photo: Bloomberg
Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples and the biggest supplier to the Russian market, accounting for 50 percent of apple imports. Photo: Bloomberg

Poland asks US to buy apples banned by Russia

Poland has asked the United States to buy its apples after Moscow banned all food imports from the European Union, the US and other countries that imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, global news network RT reported.

Even before imposing an embargo on food exports from the West, Russia’s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has banned the importation of practically all fruits and vegetables from Poland because of food safety concerns, the report said.

“We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary,” Poland’s ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, was quoted as saying.

Schnepf said he had talked with senior US agriculture officials on the opening of the US market to Polish apples, and the next meeting was scheduled for next week.

Rosselkhoznadzor banned Polish fruits and vegetables in August, saying they pose a threat to public health due to excessive amounts of pesticide residue levels and the presence of nitrates.

Agriculture is a crucial part of the Polish economy, as about 60 percent of Poland’s territory is agricultural land. Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples and the biggest supplier to the Russian market, accounting for 50 percent of apple imports, the report said.

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