Research Station Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil, CH-8820 Wädenswil

Economically sustainable apple farming

Which factors and strategies are effective for economically sustainable apple farming? On this research question the Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil Research Station (ACW) has conducted a representative survey in co-operation with the Fruit Union Swiss (SOV). This article summarizes the results about the IP producers. Data analysis shows that commercialisation, production costs and apple orchard size are crucial factors as well as that some regional differences exist. Besides, several strategies are identified, which affect those factors substantially.

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