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Title: Janet Dwyer presentation01


1
Maltas Rural Development Programme,
2014-2020
Professor Janet Dwyer CCRI, UK, working in
partnership with EMCS, E-cubed, and the Managing
Authority for Malta
2
Priorities for Maltese agriculture and rural areas
  • Build upon strengths distinctive character,
    wide diversity of products, significant consumer
    potential in Maltese and visitor markets, a
    quality, healthy image, not high-volume or
    cut-price output
  • Develop opportunities for key sectors, working
    together, improving returns, cutting costs and
    building a stronger image and reputation for
    product quality, stronger supply chains, better
    links to tourism, better joined-up management of
    land and permits / licences
  • Address weaknesses and threats pressure on basic
    resources (water, energy), authenticity, low
    consumer awareness, technical / business skills,
    poor prospects for young people, neglected
    landscapes, poor infrastructure

3
RDP Priority 1. Water, wastes and energy (19
million)
  • Set up a rural knowledge hub of training and
    advice for land-based farms, grants for
    equipment, improving efficiency of fertiliser,
    pesticides, water and energy use, cutting costs
  • TSE polished water supply to farms
  • Farm reservoirs to capture and store rainwater
  • Livestock waste for energy, and fertiliser
    collective biogas production
  • Support for other renewable energy production on
    farms but it must be attractive, appropriate
    and accessible plan a co-ordinated approach with
    MEPA, EneMalta MRA

4
2. Maltese quality produce (27 million)
  • Traceability and quality
  • new strategic groups of producers (co-operatives,
    PGs) working to agree what is needed
  • funding to set up quality standards (e.g.
    PDO/PGI)
  • Pitkalija project phase 2
  • testing laboratory services, grading, packing
    distribution

5
2. Maltese quality produce (27 million)
  • Marketing and promotion
  • a Maltese Alliance for product identity,
    funding promotion brands
  • new links to retail / catering and hospitality,
    direct sales e.g. expand farmers markets,
  • improve market information / data for producers
  • Product innovation and adding value
  • aid for processing, washing, cold stores, cutting
    curing, new product research
  • business development / young farmers start-up aid

6
3. Sustainable livestock (18 million)
Improve production efficiency - help sector
co-ops to provide expert advice to producers
save costs, better performance, targeted
investment Encourage co-operation- sheep goats,
rabbits poultry
  • Improve breeding, disease veterinary support -
    fund research, consultancy, mentoring, visits
    abroad, demonstrations, training
  • Enhance quality value of Maltese forage
  • - Fund a network for good practice (e.g. Gozitan
    dairy sector), exchange visits, advice and
    experiments
  • Encourage closer working with land-based sector,
    to co-ordinate production and consumption of
    forage
  • Young farmers start-up aid

7
4. Landscape and environment (37 million)
Set up local area management groups
(public-private partnerships between councils,
farmers, MEPA, NGOs) - funding to appoint project
officers, develop management plans, work with
farmers to help them access RDP
Co-ordinate RDP actions in each
area Agri-environment funding for bees, trees and
landscape restoration (rubble walls, terraces,
garigue and maquis) Courses and events build
local knowledge Less Favoured Area payments
available to all those managing land, to help
keep it farmed
8
5. Wider rural economy quality of life (24
million)
  • A clear and distinct role for Maltas 3 LEADER
    local action groups
  • micro-business support to set-up and grow
  • training and exchange visits to improve quality
  • funding new enterprises (crafts, shops, trails)
  • market research product development
  • local interpretation (improving facilities, new
    events)

Tourism - a strategic plan with MTA - key
infrastructure development projects in rural
locations (e.g. rural roads) - new farm tourism
funds
9
Additional measures to help with access to funds
(11million)
  • Financial Engineering
  • low-interest loans or loan
  • guarantees to help match-funding
  • for investment grants
  • A risk management fund to pay compensation when
    crops or stock damaged by unforeseen, extreme
    events (hailstorms, disease epidemics)
  • Technical assistance to help applicants to
    design good projects and apply for support
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