Polish poultry farmers happy to talk turkey with Brussels

POLAND - Piotr Kulikowski is convinced that Poland's entry into the European Union last year saved his country's poultry sector.

"Without the European Union we would have drowned in poultry," says the president of Indykpol, a large Polish turkey producer. "Prices would have crashed and there would have been a crisis."

Until it joined the EU, Poland and the other new member states had their agricultural exports limited by quotas. In 2003, Indykpol exported its EU quota in less than six months. At the start of 2004, Polish poultry producers faced the prospect of a glut.

Instead, Indykpol enjoyed its best year ever, reporting a profit of 14.3m zlotys ($4.9m, €3.7m, £2.5m) on revenues of 626m zlotys, a 22.4 per cent increase over 2003 and the company's best result ever.

Source: Financial Times
calendar icon 15 March 2005
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