The Polish government has decided to shelve some large investment projects and instead give priority to investments connected with consumer needs and food, the official Polish news agency said yesterday.

"Tenions in the economy impose the necessity of solving the present swollen problems . . . with the help of additional foreign means," the news agency said.

Poland owes more than $20 billion to the West and faces an uphill struggle to recoup economic losses from a summer of strikes that cause a deficit in foreign trade for the first eight months of the year.

Meanwhile, a district court designated to register the new independent trade unions won by Polish workers has objected to some points in the first application, labor sources said. They said the court objected, among other things, to the submitting group's plans to operate nationwide, to allow members from unrelated professions to join and to finance its operations in ways other than by membership dues.

The application was filed last week by an organizing committee in the Silesian city of Katowice. The group said it represents about 14,000 workers.

Efforts to contact the court for claification were unsuccessful. The court's president, Stanislaw Pawela, said on the state television that final decisiions on applicatons would be made after court sessions that may begin this week.