I can't believe that four years have gone by since the official launch of MaYA! The Malta Youth in Agriculture (MaYA) Foundation was inaugurated on Sunday 1st April 2014 by the Hon. Roderick Galdes, during an event which took place at the Limestone Heritage in Siggiewi. It's been indeed a memorable experience and we have achieved … Continue reading MaYA turns 4!
Earlier today, a number of farmers and their representatives attended a consultation meeting at the Koperattivi Malta premises in Qormi with regards to the Maltese Agri Policy 2018-2028. Mr. Eman Vella from Atriga Consult gave a brief introduction of the draft policy and its priorities. Hon. Clint Camilleri made his intervention by saying that this … Continue reading Consultation for Maltese Agri Policy
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
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
Throughout the years, I have been approached by various farmers and enthusiasts about the need for proper agri marketing for Maltese produce. It is now even clearer that even locally, media leaves a huge impact on consumer behaviour. Those who appreciate the food culture are well acquainted with Italian TV programs that exalt their regional … Continue reading Greater demand reported after promoting local products
Earlier today, Mr. Mark Zammit Cordina, a local photographer successfully captured images of a Bald Ibis (MT: Veleran). According to ornithologist Mr. Natalino Fenech, this species is found in Italy and Spain. Mr. Fenech commented that this specimen could be one of the many offspring resulting from a reintroduction program in Italy. In August, similar … Continue reading First Bald Ibis recorded in Malta
Young Farmers have been given prime importance during the Presidency events bringing together Rural Development Directors from all the European member states to Malta. The events happened between Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th March 2017. On the 22nd, the Maltese delegation greeted our European counterparts and introduced them to the theme of events and obviously … Continue reading Young Farmers & the future of EU Rural Development
The National Hub for Ethnobotanical Research, within the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, has launched a study, 'Sharing Seeds, Sharing Life', on Thursday 16th March 2017 at San Anton Palace. It was a pleasure contributing to this research project while representing the Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation. The study is a participatory action research … Continue reading Sharing Seeds, Sharing Life
I'm writing this piece in response to the article that has been published today on the Times of Malta regarding pesticides. Pesticide residues are not acceptable No one can doubt, or argue against the fact that pesticide residues makes food unsafe. This claim is serious and not even a minute percentage is acceptable. When it comes … Continue reading Pesticide residues on Fruit & Veg