Dozens of small apple producers applied to have the government buy up their surplus produce after oversupply of fruit. However the companies suddenly started backing out of the programme that aimed to tackle shrinking apple prices as supply exceeds demand in Poland. The Minister of Agriculture in the interview with Polish Television said that German companies, which dominate Poland's apple juice concentrate market and sell the concentrate worldwide, have started to blackmail Polish companies" saying that they would not buy apples in the future from the Polish producers who sold off their surplus to the Polish government. The Minister urges Polish apple producers, to come together in opposition to blackmail from the West.