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Author(s): Sławomir Zawisza, Piotr Prus, Agnieszka Paradzińska

Title: Possibilities and Barriers to the Development of Economic Activities in Rural Areas on the Basis of Piotrków Kujawski Commune (Poland)

Source: International Scientific Days 2018 :: Towards Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Global Agriculture and Food Systems :: Proceedings

ISBN: 978-80-7598-180-6


Publisher: Wolters Kluwer ČR, Prague

PY, pages: 2018, 1836-1849

Published on-line: 2018-11-09

Language: eng

Abstract: Agriculture of well developed countries is characterized by large size farms, high marketability and mechanization. The demand for labor force in this sector of economy is getting lower and lower. Inhabitants of rural areas need to look for jobs in local companies, go away to other places or set up their own non-agricultural business. A survey was carried out to evaluate the conditions and possibilities of economic activity development in rural areas as well as determine its supportive factors and barriers inhibiting this process. Another important issue was assessment of the role of local authorities in the process of non-agricultural activity development. In order to accomplish the research goals and collect empirical data, a survey method was used involving the questionnaire interview technique. The survey was carried out in May and June 2015, among 110 entrepreneurs of the analyzed commune rural areas – both, those involved in economic activity and farmers involved in non-agricultural activities. The survey provided data concerning non-agricultural activity, which allowed to identify benefits and barriers involved in having own business located in rural areas. Moreover, agricultural farms involved in non-agricultural economic activity have been characterized. According to the respondents, the best way for the local authorities to support the rural area economic development, was to build the required infrastructure, thus providing small and medium companies with appropriate conditions to develop, and incorporate their operation into the overall development strategy plan for the region.

Keywords: rural areas, non-agricultural entrepreneurship, multifunctional development of rural areas

JEL Classification: J43, Q12, Q13

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