In the late 90's Swiss agricultural companies began a shift in their industries to focus more heavily on the development and investment of organic and non-GM foods. This led a number of businesses to entirely move their profits directly from savings into investment in new organic-focused businesses. In turn, this resulted in the Swiss government looking for ways to remunerate these businesses and from this, the EMS subsidy was unveiled.
The EMS subsidy is primarily a subsidy which is allocated to farmers, and other businesses who operate in agriculture if they secure an official environmental management system (EMS) certificate.
In order to be granted an EMS certificate the following conditions apply:
- All fertilisers are to be used sparingly and under strict control
- At least 7% of all land should be reserved for counteracting goods production
- All crops must alternate
- Flora, fauna and soil are all required to be safeguarded
- The use of pesticides must be limited
The above information has all resulted in Switzerland's agriculture industry being organic-centred as well as being extremely efficient and a popular investment opportunity for foreign investors.
If with the above information, you have more questions about opening an agriculture business or investing in one in Switzerland, you should feel free to contact one of our business consultants for more in-depth information.