Monday 14 September 2020

CAP Renewal post 2020: land-based payments

Now that discussions about the new CAP are underway, farmers are bringing suggestions forward to MaYA Foundation. These, together with other recommendations will be passed on to the Minister of Agriculture and the Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds in a few weeks time. 

Malta is the smallest country within the European Union, with a total area of 11,000 hectares of agricultural land. This area is relatively insignificant compared to other countries within the EU, however many of the payments related to the CAP are tied to land area. This is one major challenge for Malta, as it cannot utilise area-based funding with the same efficacy as other countries do. 

There have been various mentions that landbased payments funded by the CAP need to be targeted towards the actual farmers. However, this is not always happening, since landowners from whom the farmers lease the land, might end up as being beneficiaries themselves. Farmers working the land would not be able to apply for these land-based payments if the owner would already be availing himself/herself of such payments.

The system needs to be revised in such a way to ensure that genuine farmers are the main beneficiaries of land-based CAP payments. This issue, amongst others tied to land-based payments, has been flagged many times all over Europe and now that strategic plans are being laid out, policymakers need to ensure that the next programming period will be more relevant and targeted towards those who bring forward positive benefits in rural areas. 

Jeanette Borg

Founder, MaYA Foundation

Wied Liemu - Photo by Steve Bonello
Photo by Steve Bonello

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Saturday 12 September 2020

Farmers worried about crops weathering irregular rainfall patterns

"As Malta moves into the autumn, a heavier than normal rainfall in the coming weeks may spell disaster for Malta’s food crops"

Nicole Meilak from Maltatoday explains further.

Click here to read the article. 

Tuesday 1 September 2020

Recommendations on the Pitkalija Reform - FoEM & MaYA

Friends of the Earth Malta (FoEM) & the Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation (MaYA) welcome the reform of the Pitkali Market since the current operation at the market has been heavily criticised due to lack of transparency in prices and a lack of traceability, as weighing and data inputting are still done manually.

Both organisations presenting this document have been for quite some time pushing for better supply chain management when it comes to local products, therefore we look forward to seeing the imminent implementation of the Pitkalija Reform.

Click here to access the full comments on the Pitkalija Reform Document. 

A selection of resources relating to Pitkalija.

AgroKatina | Friends of the Earth Malta (FoEM)

Lack of transparency at pitkalija a major issue for farmers | The Malta Independent | Malcolm Borg, Centre for Agriculture at MCAST

National Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands 2018 – 2028 | Final Report prepared for the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Pitkali Market: feasibility study on the building of a fruit and vegetable grading station and cold storage facility in Malta | Country Report Dec. '15 CIHEAM 

The last farmer at Wied il-Ghasel… | MaltaToday, Jeanette Borg (Founder, MaYA) 

We Are Under Siege’: Maltese Farmers Rally After Being Accused Of High Pesticide Use | LovinMalta