A new project focusing on bird conservation and responsible capturing (trapping and hunting) is about to kick-start next week. 'Aġġornat" is the name given to this project aimed for those interested in hunting and trapping, as well as the Maltese countryside. This awareness project is an initiative of a growing hunting organisation; Kaċċaturi San Ubertu … Continue reading Wild Birds info sessions; conservation, traditions and more!
Food labelling is an issue that is finally being taken more seriously at a local level. However as with any piece of news one has to acquire all the correct information before making public statements. The photo below is being circulated on various posts on Facebook. It features a label issued by Greens Supermarket on a … Continue reading Mislabeled Bambinella
A few days ago, Dr. Joseph Muscat, Malta's Prime Minister visited the Agribusiness Labs at the Mosta (Żokrija) Secondary School, while launching the public consultation on the first ever Agriculture Policy for Malta. Following my visit at the Kirkop Secondary School a few weeks ago, I was directed to visit the Agribusiness Labs in Mosta to better … Continue reading Agribusiness training finally gaining momentum!
Spring is round the corner and it's starting to feel a bit warmer here in Malta (unlike the rest of Europe). At this time of the year, there is nothing more relaxing than to go out for a walk and enjoy the Maltese countryside. Unfortunately we are starting to see photos shared on Facebook showing litter in … Continue reading Environmental Heroes
Earlier today, One News featured a news item about the National Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands 2018 - 2028. This has been coupled with a public consultation process. Feedback can be submitted by the end of March and background notes have been provided on the Ministry website to guide those interested in submitting their ideas. A preliminary consultation … Continue reading National Agricultural Policy for Malta
Recently I had a chat with a full time farmer who seemed keen to share an incident that happened to his 11-year-old son... let's call the boy 'Ronald', for argument's sake. Ronald and his classmates were asked by their teacher a question: "Can you mention different professionals?". All the kids started naming conventional professions such … Continue reading “Being a farmer is not a profession” or is it?
I got to know Karl when he was a student at MCAST Agribusiness, quite a few years ago. Since then he graduated in Animal Management and became a full time farmer. He manages a broiler farm of 23,000 chickens in Dingli, a rural village in Malta. I'm proud to have worked with him on various … Continue reading Maltese young farmer’s take on the EU
After a rainy weekend spent indoors, Christian and I needed to go out for a couple of errands and took the chance to take Nikol out to enjoy the fresh air. Showers persisted in the morning and afternoon but that didn't discourage us from venturing outdoors. It was the first time I passed through the … Continue reading A little green patch
Just yesterday evening a notice was put up on the Naxxar's Local Council Facebook fanpage about the imminent uprooting of the Bay trees (Laurus nobilis) in the main avenue. This morning... they were already gone. All of this less than 3 months after the same council invested €30,000 in "Greening Malta Project"... Ironic much? The … Continue reading How (not) to go about urban embellishment: Remove trees!
It's one of those days when the sky is cloudless and the air is fresh... just a light breeze! So we ventured outdoors, in the countryside, where else? Nikol is enjoying the sensory experience. Observing carefully the bright hues of trees and flowers, smelling lavender, rosemary and narcissi flowers. Birds chirping in the olive trees … Continue reading Blogging on the spot