The sectoral and regional effects of the abolition of milk quotas as well as changes to the governmental price support system were analysed by means of the Sectoral Information and Forecasting System for Swiss Agriculture (SILAS). According to model calculations, as a consequence of an abolition of the milk quotas, milk production would increase in plain regions and decrease in mountain regions. In addition, a drop in sector income would have to be expected. With regard to changes to the governmental price support system, model calculations showed that the introduction of direct payments based on roughage consuming cattle equivalents would imply a more marked decrease in income than direct payments based on grassland area. From a financial point of view, plain regions would benefit more from direct payments based on roughage consuming cattle equivalents; whereas for mountain regions, direct payments based on grassland area would be more advantageous.
Despite the current challenges of e.g. the war in Ukraine and climate change, the Swiss food sector is relatively resilient. This is the conclusion reached by Agroscope’s report on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply.
The pandemic has influenced not only our everyday life but also our behaviour. Agroscope looked at which population groups and behaviours experienced or underwent particularly significant changes, and what this means for our health.
Swiss dairy farms are more strongly affected by structural change than other farm types. An analysis of the farms exiting the sector or switching focus highlights influencing factors.