POLISH FARMS SUPPLYING MARKETABLE PRODUCTS -BEFORE AND AFTER MAY 1, 2004
The paper contains a review of literature on the subject, which indicates that before 2004 farms possessing relatively large resources of production factors and conducting particularly lively agricultural activity accounted for about 21% of all Polish farms. Especially successful were farms possessing from 20 to 200 hectares of arable land, which were owned by natural persons. The share of such farms in the overall number of farms operating in Poland had been growing fast and it reached 6% in 2002. In 2004 the position of Polish farms became stronger owing to an essential growth in their incomes. However, there are signs indicating that the incomes of farms in the coming years will prove lower than in the exceptionally good year 2004. Nonetheless, these incomes will be increasing slowly because the amounts of direct payments will be growing in consecutive years. These facts make it possible to predict that the favourable structural changes inaugurated in Polish agriculture before 2004 will continue to take place also in the coming years.
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