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In 2021, 48 864 farms were surveyed. Organic farming practiced by 7670 farms on 17% of the land, maintains its growth rate.

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
  2022p Total 2021 of which organic
Farms  48 864  7 670
Farm workers  150 231  26 441
Utilised agricultural area (ha) 1 042 515 1 042 053  181 444
Average utilised agricultural area per farm (ha)   21   24
Cattle 1 525 215 1 513 701  213 558
Pigs 1 374 294 1 366 359  36 285
Source: FSO – Farm structure survey

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