Polish agricultural workers to be tested for COVID-19

The government has decided to cover the costs of conducting coronavirus tests for foreigners coming to work in agriculture from the budget.

“This help means, in consequence, that we will avoid high prices of fruit and vegetables and this is good for all consumers”, told Minister of Agriculture Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski.

However, this decision caused some controversy in Poland because not all professions can count on similar treatment, such as teachers working in schools.

“I appealed to Poles who are unemployed, have no right to benefits, (…) e.g. teachers who will not work in the coming weeks to work in agriculture for the next several weeks,” said Minister Ardanowski in an interview with RMF FM.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has not caused the suspension of agricultural production in Poland, according to the latest study made by the Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Despite some difficulties in selling products, farmers have found other distribution channels, and production has not been much affected, and farmers have managed to remain calm about the situation.

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