News from Switzerland

21-03-2013 09:28 AM
Parliament subsidises land use over livestock
In a move overhauling the current farm subsidy system, parliament has decided to tie farm payments to more environmentally friendly and efficient agri...
01-03-2013 08:52 AM
Switzerland creates test site for GM crops
The Swiss government will create a permanently protected area on federal land for experiments with genetically modified (GM) crops. The goal is to ena...
16-01-2013 07:40 AM
Is the Swiss dairy farming system a model for Ireland?
Switzerland has a unique structure in its dairy industry due to state supports. So I was delighted when I got the opportunity to see it firsthand rece...
01-10-2012 09:12 AM
New study distils the eco footprint of biofuels
The controversial debate over the sustainability of biofuels has been reignited by new research from Swiss-based research institute Empa. While the st...
27-06-2012 17:18 PM
Switzerland to increase its aid to fight rural poverty
Switzerland increases its support for the fight against poverty in rural areas of developing countries. On Wednesday 27 June 2012, the Federal Council...
18-04-2012 08:09 AM
Syngenta Q1 sales rise 7% to $4.3 billion
Syngenta the world’s largest agrochemicals company, said an early start to the US planting season helped it post a 7 per cent rise in first-quar...
06-01-2012 01:54 AM
Nestle gets into contract coffee farming
Swiss consumer goods and dairy major Nestle today said it has got into contract farming for coffee in Karnataka...
21-12-2011 07:35 AM
Farmer fined for driving jeep into cow
A Swiss farmer has been fined after he was found guilty of driving his jeep into one his own cows.
24-03-2011 09:08 AM
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...
30-12-2010 11:34 AM
2010 a year to forget for Swiss farmers
A saturated milk market, low pork prices and a low vegetable crop all made 2010 a year to forget in farming.
30-11-2010 20:01 PM
UBS prioritises agriculture in new division
UBS said it would make agriculture a top priority as it relaunches its global commodities business, an area that the Swiss bank all but abandoned afte...