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
The future of food and farming were at the heart of discussions across Europe during the month of June. Sustainable agriculture and funding are the fulcrum of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and now that we are approaching the end of the European Programming period 2014-2020, the logical question to be posed is; what's next? The … Continue reading European agriculture beyond 2020
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
"Everything should be in line, and all relevant authorities have been brought up to speed in order to register the Ġbejna as PDO. So Malta is now very close to elevate the status of the Ġbejna. Unfortunately the biggest current obstacle in the way is bureaucracy at a local level." One thing that makes us … Continue reading Close, yet so far!
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!
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