Swiss tobacco production is on the decline; only about 200 farmers still grow this labour-intensive crop. Most of them are in the Broye Valley stretching across cantons Vaud and Fribourg. Their production covers only a small share of the tobacco consumed in Switzerland.
This content was published on September 26, 2014
Journalist and deputy head of the swissinfo.ch editorial group for German, French and Italian. Earlier, worked for Teletext and Switzerland’s French-language national broadcaster.
Thomas Kern was born in Switzerland in 1965. Trained as a photographer in Zürich, he started working as a photojournalist in 1989. He was a founder of the Swiss photographers agency Lookat Photos in 1990. Thomas Kern has won twice a World Press Award and has been awarded several Swiss national scholarships. His work has been widely exhibited and it is represented in various collections.
Less than 5% of the tobacco used by the industry in Switzerland comes from local producers. The crop plays a marginal role in Swiss agriculture. But the growers that remain want to preserve their traditional production. Two types of tobacco are grown in Switzerland: Burley, air-dried in traditional tobacco hangars, and Virginia, introduced to Switzerland in 1992 and oven-dried.
(Images: Thomas Kern/Text: Samuel Jaberg, swissinfo.ch)
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