Poland: A Bumper Crop of Problems

Punished on all sides, farmers reap nothing but trouble

Jozef Prystupa, who raises chickens in Poland's northern district of Borkowo, sold almost 80,000 broilers to the state in 1981. Last year, thanks to a grain shortage caused by U.S. sanctions against his homeland, he shipped none. Likewise rendered fodderless, Jerzy Karczmarczyk was first reduced to keeping pigs in his chicken house and is now girding himself for an anticipated tax crunch: the government has already assessed one of his acquaintances more than $250,000 in retroactive tax payments for allegedly producing more than he declared. Yet boycotts from abroad and crackdowns...

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