Agritech in Switzerland : The panacea that squares the circle of productivity and climate protection ?

In Switzerland, as elsewhere, agriculture is under pressure. Economic pressure first of all, with increased competition from abroad. And spatial pressure too, with the amount of land available to farming declining due to the rapidly increasing population and growing urbanisation. And lastly, popular pressure, with repeated demands from the Swiss population to reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture, particularly regarding the use of crop treatments.

In this context, every avenue for optimising or improving land use must be exploited to protect the agri-environmen-tal conditions, ensure that farms remain competitive and safeguard the country’s food security. Agritech is one solution that meets all these challenges.