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TraktorThis section contains SFAO audits related to agricultural and economic policy issues.

Audit Performance of financial aid for external organisations - Federal Office for Agriculture

The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) supports a large number of projects and measures. When selecting contributions to external organisations, the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) examined whether the subsidies in the Constitution and in the law have a sufficient legal basis. The SFAO then assessed whether they still make sense and whether they are being implemented economically. In the process, the SFAO was able to demonstrate savings potential in the low eight-figure range.

Audit number: 17159

Audit Control of the transfer of war material - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

In 2016, arms exports accounted for CHF 412 million or 0.14% of Swiss exports. The exports are approved by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) or, depending on the type of transaction, also by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), other departments or the Federal Council.

Audit number: 17425

Audit Coordination and effectiveness of the support measures for agricultural biogas facilities and viability for the operators - Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Federal Office for the Environment, Federal Office for Agriculture

The anaerobic digestion of agricultural biomass is an ingenious process. It allows energy to be produced and green and food waste, as well as farmyard manure, to be exploited. However, this production is costly in terms of investment and operation. In Switzerland, nearly 100 agricultural biogas facilities transform organic matter into electricity and heat. In 2016, 116 GWh of electricity were produced, i.e. 0.24% of inland production. Its resale generate revenues of around CHF 5 million with a market price of 5 centimes per kWh.

Audit number: 17578