Farming

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Farms

In 2018, 50 852 farms were surveyed, i.e. 768 fewer than in 2017. Organic farming was practised on 7032 farms and on 15.4% of land and thus maintained its rate of growth.  

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
  2018 of which organic % organic
Farms  50 852  7 032 13.8%
Farm workers  152 442  22 467 14.7%
Utilised agricultural area (ha) 1 044 976  160 992 15.4%
Average utilised agricultural area per farm (ha)   21   23  
Cattle 1 543 345  200 405 13.0%
Pigs 1 417 549  38 169 2.7%
Source: FSO – Farm structure survey

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