Poland belongs to the group of industrialized countries, yet agriculture still plays a large role in its national economy. In the early 1990s, some 27 per cent of total employment was in agriculture, while this sector’s share in the national income was 15 per cent (Rocznik Statystyczny 1991:XXIV-XXV). Together these two indicators demonstrate the low efficiency of Polish agriculture, which is one of the factors that accounts for both the slowing down of growth in the national economy and the falling living standards of the population.