Digital technology in Swiss agriculture

Signature of the Charter on Digitalisation in the Swiss agriculture and agri-food sector. 

Bern - On 19 June 2018, the Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed the Charter on Digitalisation in the Swiss agriculture and agri-food sector with a large number of representatives of firms and organisations in the sector.

The signing of the charter marks the opening of a dialogue process through which the digital transition in this sector of the economy will be accomplished.

The community brought together around the charter must aim for the emergence of a common awareness, promote cooperation and identify actions to be conducted with a view to deploying the Swiss Federal Council’s digital strategy.

The digital connection day at the Zollikofen School of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (HAFL) was a resounding success.

Some 200 representatives of agriculture and the agri-food sector came to attend a festive event: the signing of the Charter on Digitalisation in the Swiss agriculture and agri-food sector. 

In his speech, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann expressed his faith in the charter's ability to guide the sector on the road to digitalisation, without restraining personal liberties or people’s desire to experiment.

The charter is an instrument to dispel fears and take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation, said the Minister of Economy. It is also, he said, an instrument of accountability and an instrument of freedom.

Many representatives of companies and organisations in the sector took advantage of the opportunity to also add their names to the charter, demonstrating their willingness to consider digital technology as a way to strengthen agriculture and the agri-food sector in Switzerland.

About seventy companies and organizations had signed the document before the event.

The signing of the charter marks the opening of a dialogue aimed at networking all stakeholders in agriculture and the agri-food sector.

The community gathered around the charter must aim for the emergence of a common awareness, promote cooperation and identify the actions to be conducted with a view to deploying the Federal Council's digital strategy.

Sources: Federal Office for Agriculture