Seven weeks of constant dry weather in Poland are endangering promising crops of fruit and vegetables.
GV ZOOM INTO SV Workers in cucumber plantation in Gdansk area. (5 SHOTS)
GV PAN Cabbage crop.
SV Man examining tomato crop. (3 SHOTS)
CU Tomatoes in basket.
GV Combined harvester in field of cereal.
GV Man working threshing machine. (3 SHOTS)
SV Corn put into sack.
SV/SV People picking apples. (3 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO SVs People in fruit and vegetable market in Gdansk-Oliwa. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: Seven weeks of constant dry weather in Poland are endangering promising crops of fruit and vegetables. Polish farmers, however, are the country's only hope against an otherwise gloomy economic future. In the northern Gdansk region, green vegetables and fruit are plentiful. Western observers say the grain harvest, expected to yield a record 21 million tonnes provided the drought does not become too acute, will be ten per cent better than last year's. The state will import 2.5 million tonnes of wheat from France, Canada and the Soviet Union. This will still leave Poland three million tonnes short of its total requirements. Agricultural experts say Poland will make up the deficit by baking lower quality bread, because it has neither cash nor credit to import more. The authorities also plan to re-impose price ceilings on fruit sold at private markets, because they say farmers are destroying part of their crops to drive up prices.