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Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2008

At a Glance

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This book is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture. Separate chapters describe and evaluate agricultural policies in each OECD country, including such important developments as the introduction of the single-payment scheme in the EU. This edition also includes a special chapter describing the revised method of estimating support to agriculture used for the first time in this report. As always, it includes extensive statistical data on support to agriculture broken down by type of support and commodity, as well as Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet versions of tables and graphs.

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Switzerland

There were no major changes to policies in 2007 (the last year of the legislative framework governing agricultural policy for 2004-07). A revised agricultural policy including a budget envelope for 2008-11 (Agricultural Policy 2011) was implemented from 1 January 2008. The reform will reduce budget spending for market regulation further and bring down custom duties on imported cereals and fodder. The budgetary savings made on market regulation will be used to increase direct payments to agriculture.

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