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March 4, 2009   
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Andrzej Jamrozik, director of the Wrocław branch of the Agricultural Property Agency, talks to Barbara Deręgowska.

The Agricultural Property Agency is 16 years old. Originally, its main job was to distribute assets taken over from defunct state-owned farms. Today you still have a lot of work. How has the agency changed over the years?
Indeed, we have been active on the agricultural market for a long time now but there are still many tasks ahead of us.

In recent years the agency's profile has changed significantly. We used to take over only agricultural property, while now, as a result of changes to the local development plans of many Lower Silesian districts, the designation of a major part of the land we hold has changed. We have over 20,000 hectares of attractive land for development.

We sell land for industrial, service, retail and residential projects. Special economic zones and the Industrial Development Agency also buy our land or take it over free of charge. Our services attract not only farmers. Last year, non-agricultural properties accounted for almost 50 percent of the total value of land we sold.

How do you distribute your property? What do you do to attract investors?
We distribute the land we hold through sale or lease. The proceeds, which last year reached zl.157 million, go to state coffers. We now hold 279,000 hectares of land, of which 222,000 is under long-term tenancy. But the most attractive land is gradually being removed from tenancy, divided by surveyors into sites, appraised by real estate appraisers and offered for sale. We work with districts where potential investors are interested in our land for their projects. At present, we have over 150 hectares of land in dozens of individual sites suitable for both smaller and larger investors.

Most of the sites are provided with utilities or can be easily hooked up to utilities. Some are even located in the center of Wrocław, Legnica and close to the A4 freeway. In order to make our sites even more attractive to investors, we have been thinking of allowing them to make their payments in installments. We also help investors complete all the formalities involved.

Are your properties popular with foreigners?
They are still not interested enough. At present, foreigners hold only 2,359 hectares of land in three sites in tenancy, and only 16 sites with a total area of 161 hectares have been sold to foreigners, mainly German investors. We hope these numbers will grow. We still have very attractive properties with listed historic buildings. Buyers of such properties are entitled to discounts of up to 50 percent of the property value. We now have 317 such properties-parks, palaces, country houses, and old farm buildings. We are preparing to sell them one by one. At present, we have two historic estates with palaces on offer.

What is your most important objective?
We work in line with the development strategy of the Lower Silesia region. By attracting the largest possible number of investors, we want to maximize revenue for the national budget and create new jobs for the residents of our province.

Anyone looking for land for various investment projects in Poland will find it with us. We currently hold the largest pool of land in Lower Silesia. We are constantly preparing new sites for sale. Those interested should visit the www.anr.gov.pl website where, under the OT Wroclaw tab, they will find a regularly updated multimedia service designed to help prospective investors find properties that meet their requirements. The webpage is complete with tender specifications for the properties offered for sale.

www.anr.gov.pl



Andrzej Jamrozik, 49, is married with two children. He graduated from the Animal Husbandry Department at the Agricultural University in Wrocław in 1984. From 1984 to 1992 he worked for the State Farming Complex in ¦widnica as head of the animal production department. From 1992 to 1996, he managed the State Farm in Gniechowice. From 1996 to 1999, he ran a one-man business in the agricultural sector. In 1999, he became head of the department for agricultural produce sales at the Przedsiębiorstwo Zaopatrzenia Rolnictwa W. Osadkowski in Bierutowo and vice-president of the Lower Silesia Agri-Food Wholesaling Center in Wrocław. In 2000-2008, he worked as deputy director, acting director and office manager at the Agency for the Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture in Wrocław. At the same time, in 2007 and 2008, he was adviser to the Chairman of Lower Silesia Province. In April 2008, he became director of the Agricultural Property Agency's Regional Branch in Wrocław.


Property No. 1
Location: Wrocław, Muchobór Wielki
Plots: 1/18, 1/32, 1/33, 1/34, 1/35, 1/36 AM 6
Area: 3.68 hectares
Net price: zl.18,140,913
zl.493.24 or 104.75 euro* per sq m
Purpose: for business operations, residential construction and roads.
Description: The property is developed, with workshop/service buildings and structures. Located close to the airport and the freeway under construction that will be Wrocław's beltway, it neighbors the Futura Park/Factory Outlet shopping complex. It is connected to power and water supply, with hook up possible to all utilities running along its boundaries.


Property No. 2
Location: Legnica, Nowy Dwór
Plots: 66/4, 66/5, 66/6
Area: 1.8 hectares; 3.41 hectares
Net price: zl.5,026,229.50; zl.279.23 or 59.30 euro* per sq m; zl.9,518,032
zl.279.11 or 59.27 euro* per sq m
Purpose: non-intrusive industry, bases, depots, trade, services, administration, sports and recreation services, other services
Description: The plots have an attractive location in the southern part of the city in the downtown zone, in a flat, fully developed area. They neighbor a large shopping center with Auchan and Castorama stores.


Property No. 3
Location: Kostomłoty, Kostomłoty commune, ¦roda ¦l±ska county
Plots: 485/13, 485/22
Area: 5.12 hectares; 5.77 hectares
Net price: zl.1,516,393; zl.29.63 or 6.29 euro* per sq m
Purpose: manufacturing, depots, warehouses, service buildings
Description: The plots are located in a flat area at the junction of major transport routes (Berlin-Wrocław-Lviv; Poznań-Wrocław-Prague), 300 m as the crow flies from national highway No. 5 and the A4 freeway. The property lies in an area designated for business operations that currently occupies 50 hectares and is planned to be extended to about 200 hectares in the future.


Property No. 4
Location: Borek Strzeliński, Borów commune, Strzelin county
Plots: 407/118, 407/9, 407/22
Area: 8.98 hectares
Net price: zl.2,966,000.00, including the price of the palace: zl.1,042,300.00 or around 221,365 euro*
Purpose: historical site/service area
Description: The plot is located in the southern part of Borek Strzeliński, with access along a paved road. It is connected to water and power supply and the sewerage system. The property used to form the auxiliary facilities of the former state farm (PGR) in Borek Strzeliński whose dominating part is a historical palace-and-park complex with a manor under the protection of the historic building conservator.

A 50 percent discount is available for real estate registered as historic property.

*according to NBP exchange rate for Feb. 24, 2009


Details on: www.anr.gov.pl
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