POLAND

Created: 11/4/1980

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Soma member* of tht fret trade union delegation that held lengthy negotiations with Premier Pinkovski on Friday apparently remained behind in Warecw to attempt to work out details of ths oral understanding* they elava were reached. MM}

Most other Solidarity leaders were scheduled to meet in Gdansk last night to review last week'sand to plan fnture strategy. They probably were prisiarily concerned with their appeal to the Supreme Courtower court's unilateral alteration ofcharter. MWfr

It remains unclear whether the union appeal has been submitted and whetherovember, the date by which the regime pledged court action, willritical data in the appeal process. ourt official yesterday suggested that Solidarity could appealecond Supreme Court panel if it were dissatisfied with the decision of the first. 0MM}

. Union leaders are stilltrikeonovember if the court has not acted to their satisfaction. One leader, nevertheless, said yesterday that Solidarity has ruledeneral strike in favor of selective Local work stoppages.ft0

Production Prospects

Prospects for Poland's consumers dimmed as Warsaw acknowledged Sunday that meat production next year will fall toillion tons. This isons less than anticipated this yearons below9 production levels-Severe fodder shortages are cited as the cause ofthe impending decline, which regime spokesmen say cannot be offset by planned importsillion tons of grain and of unspecified amounts of fodder. Poland's grain harvest this year was below average and the potatoa key component of the feed supply fornow expected to beercent lower than last year'sotercent aseks ago. Mt

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Lack of fodder, Warsaw reports, is causing widespread slaughter of animals that will roduce the size of Poland's livestock supply for some tine. Officials acknowledge that tho number of pigs will not increaseven under favorable circumstances, while cattle herds will continue to decline until at

The current distress slaughtering may produce aincreasehe availability of meat bu^will cause subsequent shortagesrolonged period.

Other negative agricultural developments include:

disclosure that rain-induced delays in"

planting have hurt the outlook for the winter grain crop. arge area of land remainsthreatening harvests not only for nextyond as well. tMjff

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food supplies.

n^wo from'industry is also discouraging. power shortfalls this winter, officials predict, will be worse than usual. Lack ofcoal andoor quality fuel, and shortages of spare parts arehe reasons cited. Coal production is lagging and estimates of the decrease90 rangeew percent tc IS percent..

The brunt of the effort to meet competing needs for coal from the external sector and the domestic economy is apparently falling on exports. Shipments of Polish coal to Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary apparently ceased entirely as of the end of September. Coal exports to the non-Communistmajor hard currency earner-have been cut back. Preference is given to countries illing to prepay or^ccorapany their purchases withof loans. b>

Warsaw is now requesting rescheduling not only of principal but of interest payments as well to ease its external financial plight.

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