Warsaw, June 24 (RFE/RL) -- Polish census takers say
peasants are resorting to traditional tactics of withholding data on
their crops and livestock - on grounds it could increase their taxes.
The census began last week and ends tomorrow. The census takers
are complaining that information provided does not reflect the real
financial situation of many small farm owners, who say they are
constantly operating on the margin of profitability.
Officials say it doesn't help much trying to reassure the peasants that the data collected is strictly confidential and for the exclusive use of the government-run main statistical office (GUS).