Vol no: 12
There is a tendency to underestimate the contribution of the agricultural sector to the development process. This is prompted especially by its low share in GDP creation. However, the spread of the paradigm of sustainable and balanced development, criticism of GDP as a measure of development processes, as well as the financial crisis – are prompting a reevaluation of views on the importance of agriculture and the desired directions of the evolution of this sector. Paradoxically, traditional agriculture, until recently considered non-modern, is now becoming “modern” and its products increasingly socially desirable.