Agriculture policy to boost production

Swiss agriculture is set to receive a boost with the government announcing financial support to the sector of SFr13.67 billion ($15.2 billion) between 2014 and 2017.

This content was published on March 23, 2011 - 14:26 and agencies

The government said on Wednesday it would be packaged with structural changes that aimed to boost production, sustainability and competitivity.

Central to the changes is a system of direct payments designed to secure production supply and capacity, promote biodiversity, contribute to the quality of farmland and promote environmentally friendly farming practices.

Income from the agriculture sector as a result of the changes is expected to increase by SFr100 million in 2017 as a result of the changes, the government said in a statement. Farm income is expected to increase by ten per cent.

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