European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

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.

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Open Calls


Rural Development Fund

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Cut-off dates

M4.1 - Support for Investment in Agricultural Holdings

The aim of this Measure is to support investment in cost-effective and environmentally efficient systems and equipment in relation to soil management, water capture and use, renewable energy, waste management, and improved efficiency of fertiliser and pesticide use and control. Support for investments in holdings is also intended to target improved productivity on holdings or within specific sectors, as long as the adoption of these techniques and farming systems do not cause environmental damage.

Support under this Measure shall therefore contribute to the achievement of a number of important cross-cutting objectives, focus areas, and needs as established in the Malta Rural Development Programme (RDP), as explained in the following sections.

Individuals or groups of Farmers; SMEs; Land Managers; Public Entities

April 23, 2018 (Open Rolling Call)

Measure 6.1 -  Business
start-up aid for young farmers

Young farmers frequently need support to enter into the agricultural sector. Barriers exist in the form of: difficulties in accessing land through the high costs of either purchasing or renting, fragmentation of land, and difficulties in obtaining loans for business investment through regular commercial channels (lack of collateral). Young farmers also face problems in accessing markets, and resistance from older farmers who are not open to new ideas, innovation in production and marketing, or investment in new processes.

Despite significant numbers of young people attending agricultural courses in Malta, few enter farming due to the barriers identified above and perceived limited financial returns and long hours in the sector. This measure is thus a key element in the strategy to encourage a more attractive, innovative and efficient sector in future.

A  person who is no more than 40 years of age at the moment of submitting the
application, possessing adequate occupational skills and competence and is setting up for the
first time in an agricultural holding as head of that holding.

May 28, 2018 (Open Rolling Call)

M4.4 - Support for non-productive investments  linked to the achievement of agri-environment-climate

Non-productive investments (NPIs) are investments which do not generate a significant return, income, or revenue, or increase significantly the value of the beneficiary’s holding, but have a positive environmental impact. NPIs play a complementary role in helping to achieve agrienvironmental objectives or commitments, which can be undertaken under other environmental schemes, or in enhancing the environmental value of protected areas. In accordance to the RDP, support under Non-Productive Investments Measure is intended to cater for investment that contributes to the achievement of agri-environment-climate objectives, with particular focus on the restoration of habitats and landscapes, soil conservation and water management.

Individuals or groups of Farmers; SMEs; Land Managers; Public Entities

April 9, 2018
(Open Rolling Call)