The President in the 'Week' program at the TVP1 said that 2020 was 'difficult for all of us because it was the year of a pandemic that disrupted our lives'. 

 

‘It was certainly very difficult for many reasons, for agricultural families too. Even after ignoring those moments, in which the farms were mostly affected by the lack of sales, because after all, there were situations like this - I said it just now - that the aid was needed, or even necessary, for some farmers, flowers’ producers or those who had meat or dairy farms,' he added.

 

Andrzej Duda expressed the hope that the aid had arrived, ‘because we had implemented a special law on this matter, so it was certainly a difficult year’. 

 

The President pointed out that it was also a ‘difficult year for families because children are not going to school, remote learning is taking place. It is such a difficult experience for parents’. 

 

At the same time, he stressed that ‘we must also look for the advantages’.

 

‘In many places, the internet has been significantly expanded so that it is simply necessary, and needed at the moment. In many places, support for schools in purchasing different types of equipment was also provided, for example for children, to enable them remote learning,’ noted Duda.

 

‘It can therefore be said that in some sense this has also contributed to the development of our country, including rural areas. But in general, this year is difficult. The only clear point is that the harvests, as I have heard from the experts and the Minister, were good this year. Someone will tell that due to it the prices went down in many places. It is also a consequence of the fact that there is simply a large supply because the food has been produced a lot. After all, it was a crop, so in this respect, it was not a bad year,' the President said.

 

He emphasised that 'this experience for our economy and the society of the coronavirus pandemic has certainly caused us to remember this year for a long time in a negative way'. 

 

Referring to the fact that ‘even the dates of the presidential elections were postponed’, he said: ‘I and all those who were very concentrated at the elections, we have experienced a huge horror and stress, because this was a very difficult situation’.

 

‘It was difficult not only from the point of view of such a purely electoral process, that is to me who applied for the office of President again and other candidates, but it was also very difficult for those who carried responsibility for state affairs on their shoulders,' Duda drew the attention.

 

As he said, ‘these are constitutional terms, this is a problem of continuity of state power’. He stressed that ‘the greatest concern was that the presidential elections could not be held before the end of the presidential term’.

 

‘I stressed very much that we must do everything we can, to ensure that these elections can normally be held in due time, so that the newly elected President can be sworn in no later than 6 August, when my first term of office was over,’ he added. 

 

The President thanked 'for the huge turnout, including rural areas'. 

 

‘I thank Polish farmers, Polish people of the countryside very much for the confidence they have given me, because it was, inter alia, thanks to the votes of people living in the countryside, thanks to the votes of Polish farmers, I am the President for the second term. And I will do my best not to fail their expectations,' he declared.

 

He assured that ‘he takes the affairs of Polish villages and Polish farmers very seriously’.

 

‘And all the more I feel obliged that farmers took me very seriously. This is for me such a bilateral relationship, I can say,’ he said. 

 

‘I feel responsible for ensuring that Polish rural affairs are carried out as best as possible. I want to ensure Polish farmers husbandry safety and to live fully, and that the country's development is also ensured in rural areas, so that the life of this part of our society is as modern as possible, with all modern opportunities for development, not only economic but also personal. All of that is needed to say that we live in a truly modern state,’ said Duda.

 

‘This is something that I want to ensure, precisely by developing and caring for rural areas, and that is very important for me, and this, inter alia, is what the Agriculture and Rural Council’s works serve for as my advisory body,’ he added.