Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
"The FOAG endeavours to ensure that farmers produce high-quality foods in a sustainable manner, and in line with market requirements. The FOAG advocates multifunctional agriculture that plays a key part in:
- ensuring reliable supplies for the population
- preserving the natural bases of life and maintaining the agricultural landscape
- decentralised settlement of the country
Together with the cantons and farming organisations, the FOAG executes the decisions taken by the people, parliament and the government, and is an active player in shaping agricultural policy.
The new Federal Agricultural Act which came into force on 1 January 1999 provides the framework for agriculture to develop on a sustainable basis. "Sustainability" in this context comprises three aspects: the economic, ecological, and social dimensions.
The state creates and safeguards favourable overall conditions for the production and sale of agricultural products in Switzerland and abroad. It makes direct payments to remunerate public and ecological services provided by the agricultural sector."
Source: www.blw.admin.ch 09.10.12
seco / Innotour
"SECO (the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs) is the Federal Government's centre of competence for all key economic policy issues. Its objective is to ensure sustainable economic growth, for which it creates the necessary regulatory and economic framework.
As regards domestic policy, SECO acts as the interface between companies, social partners and political circles. It supports regionally and structurally balanced development of the economy, and guarantees protection for employees."
Source: www.seco.admin.ch 09.10.12
"The totally revised legislative basis for promoting innovation, cooperation and knowledge acquisition in tourism (Innotour) comes into force on 1 February 2012. From this date onwards, applications for financial assistance can be submitted to the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
The Swiss Federal Assembly has approved a funding commitment of CHF 20 million in order to finance Innotour during the 2012-2015 period.
Innotour focuses on promotion at national level, so most of the resources are used for projects of national scope and for national coordination activities. The introduction of model projects − a new instrument – will mean that regional and local projects will also be promoted in the future.
Innotour was set up with the aims of increasing the innovation rate and facilitating the shared provision of services. These objectives should be broadened as more knowledge is acquired."
The Swiss Farmers' Union (SFU/SBV) represents farmers' interests in the following ways:
- The SFU promotes the standing of domestic products and their sales through its image campaign entitled "Swiss farmers" ("Gut, gibt's die Schweizer Bauern").
- It supports agritourism as a second mainstay, and a vehicle for intimate contact between cities and the countryside.
- It provides ongoing information about current events related to agriculture, and keeps the outside world informed of farming families' concerns about key issues.
You can find more information about the Swiss Farmers' Union here.