Comparison of the size structure of farms in Slovakia and France and their position in the food chain

Jakub, Radoslav: Comparison of the size structure of farms in Slovakia and France and their position in the food chain. In: Review on agriculture and rural development, (1) 1. pp. 290-295. (2012)

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Abstract

Generally, the appropriate size structure of farms is considered a positive factor towards achieving competitiveness in agricultural enterprises. The structure of farms in Slovakia shows a high share of large scale farms, established during the period of forced collectivisation, mirroring the Soviet model, when the factors of production were withdrawn from individual farmers and given to combined larger units. Older EU countries moved away from smaller scale family farms by integrating these farms into larger units in the form of producer groups, without surrendering the ownership of the factors of production. In this way they significantly increased their influence in the food chain. Therefore it should be a valid comparison to consider the size structure of farms in Slovakia and to contrast this with France, as well as to examine their position in the food chain in the dairy sector. The question as to whether the size structure of farms in Slovakia is sufficient for the long-term development of the Slovak agri-food sector, and whether there is a strong enough position of producers in the food chain in the milk sector, can also be answered. The abolition of milk quotas, price volatility in agricultural markets and increasing competition threaten the stability of farms, and it can therefore be assumed that integrated primary producer associations in the food supply chain will be able to better withstand the current challenges.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Review on agriculture and rural development
Date: 2012
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2063-4803
Page Range: pp. 290-295
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mezőgazdaság - Szlovákia, Mezőgazdaság - Franciaország, Tejgazdaság
Additional Information: Illusztrációval ; Bibliogr.: 295. p.
Date Deposited: 2018. Jun. 14. 11:39
Last Modified: 2018. Jul. 26. 08:59
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/55198

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