Issue Paper – Background Document for the Drafting of National Agriculture Policy 2016

Issue Paper – Background Document for the Drafting of National Agriculture Policy 2016

Agriculture is a critical and significant cultural, economic and environmental asset for Malta. Through appropriate recognition and support of this sector, land farmers and livestock breeders should strive to overcome those factors that are inhibiting economic growth and sustainability. A National Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands is currently being drafted with a view towards achieving the following critical targets:

a) Increasing the competitiveness of active farmers and livestock breeders by focusing on quality and embracing diversification;
b) Facilitating the entry of young farmers by creating a cost-effective agri-business sector;
c) Fostering sustainability of farming activities by adapting to the local geo-climatic conditions, and
d) Ensuring that farmland is managed by genuine farmers.

The Issues Paper that is being made available for public consultation through the links (in Maltese and English) below provides an outline of the main issues which have been identified by public stakeholders and in line with published strategies as well as existing legislations. In order to achieve a successful National Agricultural Policy, a broader participation of other stakeholders and the general public is required. For this reason, the Issues Paper is being made available for public consultation and it will be discussed during a National Consultation Event to be held on 28 and 29 March 2016. This approach will then lead towards the drafting of the National Agricultural Policy for the years 2016 - 2025.

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Presentations delivered during the National Agriculture Conference held on the 28 and 29 March at The Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens.
 
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