Farm structure census 2017 - Fewer farms, more and more organic production

Neuchâtel, 08.05.2018 - (FSO) – Switzerland had 51,620 farms in 2017, i.e. 643 fewer than in 2016 (-1%). They farmed a utilised agricultural area of 1.05 million hectares and employed 153 900 people, a number that was stable compared with the previous year. Although the majority of these farms (43 600) still have cattle, dairy cow numbers continue to fall (-1%). The success of organic production is going from strength to strength. 6 638 farms apply organic practices (+5%). These findings are based on the farm structure census 2017 compiled by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

This press release and further information on this topic can be found on the FSO website (see link below)

Address for enquiries

Mamoun Bencheikh-Latmani, FSO, Economic Structure and Analyses section, +41 58 463 61 00,


Federal Statistical Office

Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture

Last modification 03.10.2018

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