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Posted on November 26, 2020

The year 2020 can be described as catastrophic for the Vaud beet growers who provide nearly a quarter of Swiss production and who have seen their yield halved due to several diseases, the two main ones being jaundice and the syndrome. low wealth. Jaundice, the vector of which is an aphid, can no longer be combated since January 1, 2019 due to the ban pronounced by the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) to use seeds coated with a plant protection product (Gaucho) . In an attempt to save beet production in the canton and thereby maintain the Aarberg sugar refinery, the Vaud beet growers, with the help of DEIS, are committed to reducing the use of treatment products.

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At a time when the beet growers must make a firm commitment to the sowing of the 2021 campaign, the OFAG has decided not to go back on the ban of imidacloprid (Gaucho) for the treatment of sugar beet seeds, while allowing two new active ingredients in insecticide foliar treatment.

Having lived a year 2020 with a sugar yield halved due to the accumulation of viral diseases transmitted by insects, beet growers find themselves at a crossroads. Between the outright abandonment of cultivation, a drastic reduction in cultivated areas or a very risky pursuit in this business, the future of the Swiss sugar industry is played out in our canton, the main Swiss producer with nearly a quarter of production. national.

Very worried about the sustainability of the entire industry, the Vaudois Sugar Economy Commission (CVES), which brings together the regional associations of planters from the canton of Vaud and Chablais, has decided to be resolutely proactive. As part of the Vaudois phytosanitary plan, the CVES has proposed to the cantonal authorities a package of measures aimed at reducing the use of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides in beet cultivation.

Responding positively to these proposals from the profession, the DEIS agreed, in 2021, to integrate four additional measures to reduce phytosanitary products in the cultivation of beet, and to finance their support through contributions to the surface to the tune of ‘about 1.75 million francs per year, for three years.

This exceptional set of measures aims to ensure a bearable transition towards a greatly reduced use of treatment products in beet cultivation, while allowing the maintenance of sufficient production, in areas, in quantities and in quality, in order to guarantee the sector sugar company to be able to remain active in Switzerland. The sustainability of sugar refining at the Aarberg plant is a cantonal priority.

The DEIS, as part of the current mission of its Directorate of Agriculture, Viticulture and Veterinary Affairs (DGAV), will also support all the necessary actions of applied research and technical support for growers, with a view to more sustainable sugar production, but nevertheless contributing substantially to the food supply of our population and to a balanced and climate-neutral rotation.

State of Vaud Information and Communication Office


DEIS, Philippe Leuba, State Councilor,021 316 60 10
Nicolas Vincent, President, Vaud Committee for the Sugar Economy,079 216 84 17


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