EU money helped Polish fresh produce sector grow

Poland's accession to the EU has been a great success for Polish growers, traders and processors. Since joining the EU, Polish agricultural production has risen by almost 40%, reports NFO. During a press conference in Warsaw on Thursday October 22nd, the Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, said that Poland has used 100% of the EU subsidies. 

From 2007 to 2013 440,000 machines were purchased in the agricultural sector, more than 3.6 million company buildings were built or renovated and nearly 1,100 processing companies invested. In addition, there are organic farms, where previously there were none. The number of producer organizations (POs) rose from 251 to 1,349. 

Moreover, 23,500 water supply and sewage systems were renovated and more than 800 sewage treatment plants were built, all with EU money. According to, internet access has doubled in small towns and twice as many children attend kindergarten now. 

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