Andrzej Duda made the remark at an agricultural ceremony in the presidential palace in Warsaw, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
Duda was accompanied by First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda during the event.
The president told the gathering that Russia’s assault on Ukraine “may cause an enormous food crisis.”
This is because of Ukraine’s role as “a fundamental provider of grain, sunflower oil and various other products to many markets,” he said.
With the country under brutal attack and its ports blockaded by Russia, “we don’t know how much of this year’s crops will Ukraine manage to export to the world,” Duda added.
He noted that Poland, meanwhile, “is increasingly exporting its food around the globe.”
‘Polish crops may save lives’
Addressing farmers, the president went on to say: “Maybe your field crops from this year will go to Africa, to South America, to many other places where they will save lives.”
“Please manage your farms as best you can, may your harvest this year be the best it can be,” Duda told farmers.
Friday’s event was an award ceremony for the annual AgroLiga contest, which aims to select the best farmers and agribusiness companies in Poland.
Friday was day 93 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Source: IAR, polskatimes.pl, prezydent.pl