The remarkable achievements of the Federal Republic of Germany in the industrial sector are well-known; the problems and achievements of West German agriculture are less well known. There is a widespread belief in Britain that West German farming is, as The Economist once put it, ‘one of the most backward peasant communities in Europe’. This gives a false impression of the position. West German agriculture is technically quite advanced. The farm structure however is for the most part not adapted to modern needs. The consequent problems are particularly severe because a structurally outdated agriculture has, in the last decade, been subjected to the pressures of an advanced industrial economy.
KeywordsFederal Republic Agricultural Policy Social Economy Structural Reform Common Agricultural Policy
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