Economic and satellite accounts for the primary sector

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Economic accounts for agriculture 2018

In 2018, Swiss agriculture is expected to generate a gross value added of CHF 4.1 billion, an increase of 2.1% compared with the previous year. The major crops and animal feed suffered from the drought and production costs increased. The wine and fruit harvests, however, were much better than in 2017 and beef and milk production grew too.

Economic accounts for forestry

Forests cover 30% of Switzerland's territory, with a volume of standing timber of over 435 million m3. 53% of this stock of living trees could be used while covering the operating costs, representing a potential value of CHF 6,3bn in 2017.

 

At a glance

The system of primary sector economic and satellite accounts comprises the key economic figures from Swiss agriculture, forestry and fishery. Times series at national and cantonal level provide information on output, income, investments and much more.

The methodology framework used for the economic and satellite accounts for the primary sector is identical to that used for the National Accounts. The system of economic and satellite accounts for the primary sector is comprised of various modules. Here we present the five most important accounts.

Primary sector value added , 2017 (at current prices, in CHF million)
Primary sector gross value added1 4 489

Agricultural gross value added2

4 101

Forestry gross value added1

355

Fishing and fish farming gross value added1

32
1 Estimate; establishment perspective
2 Estimate; small agricultural units included; establishment perspective
Source: FSO - Economic an satellite accounts for the primary sector

Agriculture generates the majority of primary sector value added, followed by forestry and finally by fishing and fish farming.

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