Farming

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Farms

In 2020, 49 363 farms were surveyed. Organic farming practiced by 7561 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
  Total 2020 of which organic % organic
Farms  49 363  7 561 15.3%
Farm workers  149 521  25 274 16.9%
Utilised agricultural area (ha) 1 044 034  177 347 17.0%
Average utilised agricultural area per farm (ha)   21   24  
Cattle 1 515 123  211 001 13.9%
Pigs 1 348 306  35 668 2.6%
Source: FSO – Farm structure survey

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