Number of farms in Poland drops by 13 pct over decade

GUS reported that the agricultural census showed a decrease in the number of farms with an area of up to 15 ha of agricultural land by approx. 16 percent. In turn, the number of those over 15 ha increased by approx. 6 percent. Tomasz Waszczuk/PAP

Poland has 1.3 million farms, fewer by around 13 percent than in 2010, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported on Wednesday.

Chairman of GUS, Dominik Rozkrut, said that despite the decreasing number of farms, their average area rose to 11.1 ha from 9.8 ha in 2010 (an increase by approx. 13 percent).

Commenting on the data, Rozkrut added that GUS had observed increasingly stronger specialisation of farms and a progressive concentration of agricultural production, including an increase in farm stocks.

GUS also reported that the agricultural census showed a decrease in the number of farms with an area of up to 15 ha of agricultural land by approx. 16 percent. In turn, the number of those over 15 ha increased by approx. 6 percent.

The 2020 General Agricultural Census was conducted from September 1 to November 30, 2020, and was the second agricultural census since Poland's accession to the European Union.