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Scant rain in Poland poses need of more food imports

Insufficient rain and snow in the last five months is threatening Poland's 1984 crops and may force the nation to spend more hard-currency reserves than planned on imports from the West, Polish agricultural sources said Tuesday.

Grains planted in autumn, usually the backbone of Poland's harvest, are suffering from a mild winter which has seen some areas receive less than half their average rain and snow since October, the sources said.

The Polish Cabinet confirmed the problem for the first time Monday night when it said after a meeting devoted solely to agriculture: ''There is a growing deficit of water in many parts of Poland.''

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