The Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Malta was formally adopted by the European Commission on November 25, 2015, outlining Malta’s priorities for using the € 129 million of public money that is available for the 7-year period 2014-2020 (€ 97 million from the EU budget and € 32 million of national co-funding).
Malta’s RDP is putting particular emphasis on actions related to restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems, resource efficiency and climate and improving the competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors. Under resource efficiency and climate around € 10 million public and private investment is foreseen in renewable energy production and 57 Ha of irrigated land switching to more efficient irrigation system. The Maltese RDP aims to target 16% of Livestock Units through investments in livestock management in order to reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from agriculture. The RDP will also pursue carbon conservation and sequestration by supporting 5.3% of agricultural land. Finally, to improve the competitiveness of farmers, 116 farms will receive support to restructure or modernise their farms and 60 young farmers will be granted business start-up aid. Malta will also implement the European Innovation Partnership to help deliver innovative solutions to the farm sector.