ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss agricultural output is predicted to fall 6.6% this yr because of bad weather circumstances, the federal government stated on Tuesday.
“Total output has fallen while production costs have increased,” the Federal Statistics Office stated in an announcement. “Weather conditions have adversely affected most crops, while animal production as a whole continues to grow.”
A chilly and frosty spring adopted by hail and a particularly wet summer time had a extreme influence on crop production, resulting in a 9.0% fall in its production worth to an estimated 3.8 billion Swiss francs ($4.10 billion).
Flooding devastated elements of Western Europe in July, attributed by meteorologists to the consequences of local weather change.
While German states and elements of Belgium had been amongst these worst hit, Switzerland additionally skilled flooding and extreme storms this summer time.
Stone fruits had skilled one among their worst harvests up to now twenty years, the statistics workplace stated, whereas different harvests together with hay, grain, potatoes and sugar beets had been additionally impacted.
Overall agricultural production was anticipated to herald 4.1 billion francs in gross worth added for the yr, helped by will increase in dairy and beef production.
($1 = 0.9260 Swiss francs)
(Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; modifying by Jason Neely)