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Switzerland | 29 August 2017
The agriculture chief sowing Swiss expertise in China

From his headquarters in Basel, the agri-tech chief executive discusses bees, pesticides and takeovers with Clive Cookson. Bees brought me to Basel. Erik Fyrwald, chief executive of Syngenta, the S...

Switzerland | 7 July 2017
How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma

It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect: Immunologists from the University of Zurich have sh...

Switzerland | 24 May 2016
This startup is changing farming with drones and AI

It’s a hot trend for startups, ag giants and investors alike. Feeding a planet with nine billion people by 2050 will be a major challenge. But tech companies are increasingly looking to sell soluti...

Switzerland | 24 August 2015
Swiss army completes 31-day mission to save thirsty cows

The Swiss army has successfully completed a 31-day mission to save cows from dying of thirst in parched alpine pastures. The military launched a huge rescue operation after a period of extremely ho...

Switzerland | 21 March 2013
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 agricultural production methods. Following several ...

Switzerland | 1 March 2013
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 enable researchers to run experimental trials without...

Switzerland | 16 January 2013
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 recently. Their dairy industry was protected from c...

Switzerland | 1 October 2012
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 study maintains that biofuels can be sustainable dep...

Switzerland | 27 June 2012
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 decided to contribute CHF 28.5 million over the n...

Switzerland | 18 April 2012
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-quarter sales.

Switzerland | 6 January 2012
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...

Switzerland | 21 December 2011
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.

Switzerland | 24 March 2011
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 2014 and 2017.

Switzerland | 30 December 2010
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.

Switzerland | 30 November 2010
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 after the financial crisis in 2008.