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Explicit and Implicit Subsidies for Swiss Farmers

In the NZZHeidi Gmür discusses some of the many forms of government support for agricultural producers in Switzerland. She lists:

  • Direct payments: CHF 2.8 billion for 53’000 farms in 2016 (roughly CHF 50 thousand per farm).
  • Tariffs and other protectionist measures: According to the OECD, the value for farmers of these measures amounts to CHF 2 billion annually, while the value for the country is negative (CHF -0.5 billion).
  • Multiple tax breaks: Lower capital gains tax on land sales; no value added tax on sale of produce; lower tax on notional rental value; lower effective tax on gas consumption.