Swiss Federal Research Station for Agricultural Economics and Engineering, Tänikon

The Swiss Farm Structure in 2008

Forecasts are made on the future development of Swiss agricultural structures by using results of an ex-post-analysis on the determinants of structural change. As a result, the structural change in Swiss agriculture will continue with an annual rate of 2.7 per cent less farms each year. Small farms with up to ten hectares will have a probability below average to carry on. The amount of workers in agriculture will decrease, too. The reduction in labour, however, takes a slower pace than the reduction in the number of farms.

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