The number of farms is declining

The number of farms is declining
The number of farms is declining

Swiss agriculture continues its structural transformation towards greater sustainability. Two studies published Tuesday morning in Bern by the federal offices of agriculture and statistics illustrate this: the number of organic farms continues to increase, albeit slowly. And in 2023, nearly 20% of cultivated land will be used without using herbicides.

The number of farms is declining, the share of organic is increasing

The number of agricultural holdings in Switzerland continues to erode: 47,719 in 2023, or 1.3% less than a year earlier. That’s 625 fewer farms. However, the agricultural area used remains unchanged at one million hectares.

The share of organic farms is still increasing, modestly in 2023: + 1% to 16.5% of all farms. 18.2% of the useful agricultural area is cultivated according to organic standards.

Following the initiatives on water and pesticides in 2022, the Confederation has launched new financial support programs for crops that renounce herbicides. Which was a “great success”, according to the Federal Office of Agriculture. This concerns 19% of arable land, vineyards and market gardening areas. And 14,000 of the 47,000 farms have given up the use of fungicides and insecticides.

The Jura does not always follow national trends

In terms of farms, the curve follows the national trend with a decrease of around fifteen areas over the past year. The canton therefore now has 978. Of all of these farms, more than 21% practice organic farming, a much larger share than on a Swiss scale, even if last year, their number was remained perfectly stable compared to 2022 in the Jura.

As far as livestock farming is concerned, poultry farming, as throughout the country, continues to progress nicely. Cattle are much more numerous. The region has more than 840 new animals. /sju-lge

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