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Development of agriculture in Portuguese regions

Piecuch, Jakub (2007): Development of agriculture in Portuguese regions. Published in: Economic Science for Rural Development , Vol. 12, (2007): pp. 89-104.

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Abstract

Portuguese regions make up a distinct area in the European Community. Majority of them can be described as less developed economies with strong dependence on agricultural production. Some Portuguese regions have permanent natural handicaps, due to their peripherality, topographic and climatic restrictions. In many of these areas small-scale and low-tech agriculture still dominates. In most cases these regions are considered to be areas in which traditional economy is not adapted to market conditions. The process of Portugal’s integration with the European Community triggered changes in the country’s agriculture. Far-reaching transformation resulted from necessary adjustments to European market. In almost all regions this conversion had a decided character. Positive changes in rural areas are noticeable but nowadays employment in agriculture is still very high and productivity rather low — another factor which is characteristic for Portuguese agriculture. Agriculture is a crucial sector of Portuguese economy and modernization of primary sector still seems to be the top priority.

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