Monday, 4 April 2011

Agriculture in Liechtenstein

Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization.
The graphic artist Silvia Ruppen, who was commissioned to design the “Agriculture” stamps, has performed her allotted task by depicting in sequence the specified topics “Space”, “Environment”, “Technology” and “Animals”. The stamps are issued on March 2010 and comprised of 4 single stamps.
The artist has assigned each stamp to a season as indicated by the colours used so as to be able to portray the farmer’s year in colour too: for example the first stamp is coloured in cool greens, blues and greys, representing the winter season. In the second stamp the bright, warm green shades of spring predominate. The rich gold and red tones of the third stamp refer to the sun and the ripe crops of summer. The fourth stamp with its russet autumnal colours concludes the annual cycle. The graphic artist has realised her designs in coloured pencil.
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The viewer approaches the group of topics from a distance. To begin with his attention is on “Space” (face value CHF 0.85), i.e. the meeting between living, relaxation and agricultural space. The slogan here is “Far-sighted spatial planning preserves living space for all”.

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The second step leads to hillside farming, for Liechtenstein still the typical type of farming, in which great importance is attached to careful treatment of the “Environment” (face value CHF 1.00) such as wild flowers: “Environment-conserving work to promote the natural diversity of species”.
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The third stamp zooms in even closer on agriculture and focuses on “Technology” (face value CHF 1.10).With technically advanced machinery the farmer can cultivate large areas in a short time, which is essential on economic grounds: “Sensibly deployed technology for boosting efficiency” is the order of the day.
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To conclude this survey we must turn our attention to the cowshed, the heart of farming, and thus to “Animals” (face value CHF 1.30): “Animals in the service of our environment and of people”. Depicted here is an example of keeping animals in an appropriate natural environment.

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