Swiss government sets out new greener farming policy

The Federal Council (executive body) has presented its new agricultural strategy for 2022-2025, which aims to shrink the sector’s ecological footprint.  “The PA 22+ agricultural policy stands for environmentally friendly agriculture that takes into account the concerns of the population,” Economics Minister Guy Parmelin told reporters in Bern on Thursday.  The main focus of the proposed strategy is to combat environmental pollution and to reduce the amount of resources used when farming.  To do so, the government is raising the bar for farmers seeking to qualify for subsidies. For example, it wants the maximum amount of fertilizer that can be spread per hectare to be reduced from 3% to 2.5% of the total surface area. The choice of authorised products will also be limited and controls will become stricter.  Financial incentives will be offered to encourage farmers to spray less pesticide. Those who do without herbicides, insecticides or fungicides will receive more money.  The ...
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