In response to the Ag-Press request for country-specific information - "Farming during COVID-19 pandemic: how is your country coping?" Here is an overview about what's been happening in Malta over the past weeks. Local authorities have been on high alert and tackling the COVID-19 outbreak with great responsibility. The Health Minister Dr. Chris Fearne and … Continue reading COVID-19 and Maltese agriculture
For the past couple of years, I've been keeping track of what's going on with the Ġbejna saga, now I'm informed that the draft legal notice regulating the production and sale of the traditional Maltese Ġbejna is really in the final stages. Mind you, this has been in the pipeline at least for the past … Continue reading Parliament to decide the fate of the Ġbejna
"There was a significant improvement in the 2017 results and although the sample size is still too small, the first figures for 2018 are also showing a very positive trend. So far, out of all the analysed samples taken by the MSD, we are pleased to note that no pesticide residues were found to exceed … Continue reading Local Products: “a very positive trend” – MCCAA
Here are my reactions to the article featured on the Sunday Times of Malta on the 29th of July relating to pesticide residues. Let's be absolutely clear, in an ideal situation we would have 0 (zero) samples resulting in excessive residues. In writing these observations, I am in no way defending the fraction of irresponsible … Continue reading Fearful consumers, silent authorities…
Dan ir-ritratt ħoloq kontroversja sħiħa. Għaliex? Għax ġo dal-pajjiż ma napprezzawx biż-żejjed il-prodott lokali. Il-messaġġ jista' jiġi nterpretat li l-Eċċellenza tagħha qeda tagħmel riklam, imma dan żgur ma kienx l-iskop. Grazzi lill-Eċċellenza tagħha Marie Louise Coleiro Preca talli taħdem favur industrija sostenibbli u prosit lill-Benna talli tagħmel xogħol ta' marketing tajjeb. Il-Koperattiva tal-Produtturi tal-ħalib dejjem … Continue reading Il-President ta’ Malta tipromwovi l-ħalib ta’ Malta
Spending time in green areas has always been part of our family routine ever since I was a child. I very well remember visiting public gardens during weekends and taking photos of every flower we spot. No wonder I grew up loving gardens, trees, plants and anything in between! As I grew older, I learnt … Continue reading Urban farming: Opportunity or Threat?
Malta is blessed with a range of summer fruits and their season is kicking in. Several farmers are at the moment harvesting some delicious apricots. Other stone fruits such as plums, peaches and nectarines will be following soon. The Ta' Bona family will be having some pesticide-free apricots available on their stand tomorrow at the … Continue reading Local Apricots… and yes, pesticide free!
Meet Joseph Farrugia - a grower from Qrendi who is the brains behind the brand 'Maltese Gold'. Together with his partner, Michael, he produces and markets high quality potatoes, which are now being shipped directly to Holland. Joseph, has recently become a household name with many local growers and farming enthusiasts. His daily motivational posts … Continue reading Maltese Gold
The Maltese Islands are not short of food festivals. The Department of Agriculture has even set up a dedicated Rural Festivities Unit to increase the knowledge of local people about agriculture, animals and fishery. However, no one can deny that Festa Frawli stands out from all the rest and has become one of the most … Continue reading Festa Frawli – a formula for success