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In 2022, 48 344 farms were surveyed. Organic farming is practiced by 7819 farms on close to 18% of the land.

Animal production - plant production

Most farms keep animals. Milk and meat are the main products. 

At a glance

The agricultural statistics show changes in the number of farms, jobs, utilised areas, livestock and other data. Time series allow the development of important key figures to be shown over several years.

According to the constitution, the Confederation shall ensure that the agricultural sector, by means of a sustainable and market oriented production policy, makes an essential contribution towards the reliable provision of the population with foodstuffs, the conservation of natural resources and the upkeep of the countryside and the decentralised population settlement of the country. Agriculture has multifunctional tasks.

It is undergoing structural change: this can be seen in a decline in the number of farms and jobs, an increase in the size of farms, changes in livestock data and the way farms are run in general.

Structure of farms
  2023p Total 2022 of which organic
Farms  48 344  7 819
Farm workers  149 578  27 096
Utilised agricultural area (ha) 1 042 403 1 042 014  186 335
Average utilised agricultural area per farm (ha)   22   24
Cattle 1 528 412 1 525 270  219 269
Pigs 1 324 860 1 372 772  37 740
Source: FSO – Farm structure survey

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