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 - Investment in cost-effective and environmentally efficient systems

Support under this operation within the Rural Development Programme (RDP) for Malta 2014-2020 will include on-farm support for investments in more efficient equipment, improvements aimed at reducing energy consumption as well as capturing and storage of energy, and investments in agricultural waste management. Investments in water harvesting such as new water reservoirs (ġiebja) as well as investments in improved crop storage or other activity to improve the quality of the product are also eligible.

The measure also support the construction, acquisition as well as improvements to immovable agricultural property; this may include buildings for specialised handling, storage, provision of ventilation, insulation and refrigeration.

Individuals or groups of Farmers; SMEs

 June 1, 2017 (Open Rolling Call)

M6.1 - Business Startup 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.

Young farmers (under the age of 41 years): individual or groups

June 5, 2017 (Open Rolling Call)

M4.3 - Improvement of farm access roads

Accessibility remains a major challenge within the agricultural sector; inadequate access road add to the difficulties posed by the fragmented nature of land-holdings. These make access a particular problem for farms, both in terms of inputs (delivery of items to be used on farms) and also removing produce for marketing purposes. This call aims at supporting the construction and improvement of farm access roads.

The efficient management of local infrastructure is not only vital to ensure competitiveness in agriculture but also to ensure the sustained preservation of farm holdings that are increasingly under threat of land abandonment. The improvement in accessibility to farm holdings through the upgrading of farm access roads will increase farm utilization, improve farm management and increase farm efficiency.

€10m are being allocated for this call.

Local Councils

June 14, 2017 (Open Rolling Call)

M 4.4 - 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

July 3, 2017 (Open Rolling Call)