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MALTA : Supermarket chains urged to work with farmers for better food security

MALTA : Supermarket chains urged to work with farmers for better food security | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

An agricultural lobby group has urged supermarket chains to collaborate more closely with farmers to help the country achieve better food security.
The appeal was made by Malcolm Borg, coordinator of the farmers’ association Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, in reaction to the news that the country could have faced a serious food shortage in April had the port of Genoa shut down after workers threatened to strike.

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MALTA: Fisherman nets major acting award at the Sundance Film Festival

MALTA: Fisherman nets major acting award at the Sundance Film Festival | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A film featuring the conditions of Maltese fisherman, their everyday struggles, their challenges in a continuously changing world.

Scicluna plays Jesmark, a struggling fisherman, who is forced to turn his back on generations of tradition and risk everything by entering the world of blackmarket fishing to provide for his wife and newborn baby.

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Malta: Farmers complain Central Link project turned fields into arid land

Malta: Farmers complain Central Link project turned fields into arid land | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Tonnes of soil excavated for the Central Link project have been dumped into adjacent fields rendering them uncultivable while fertile land disturbed by heavy vehicles has not been reinstated, farmers are complaining. 
An estimated 49,000 square metres of land, mostly agricultural, had to be sacrificed to make way for the new thoroughfare.

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Malta Farm Map

Malta Farm Map | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The “Malta Farm Map” aims to support local farmers sell their local fruits and vegetables by connecting farmers and customers directly in this time of crisis.

Farmers put a lot of work and passion into growing food, and we want citizens to get a glimpse of that. Right now people want to support local farmers but are finding it hard to purchase from them. Customers can now locate their nearest friendly farmer and buy their fresh local produce directly. In that way they will be promoting the local farming community which had already been struggling even before the current crisis.

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Malta’s potato exports dry up

Malta’s potato exports dry up | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Potato farmers are in “utter despair” after learning they will not be able to export their crops this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Times of Malta is informed that while farmers have some 500 tonnes of the crop ready to be sold abroad, demand has dwindled and logistics have als
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COVID-19: The Truth inside Malta, Zanzibar and Madagascar

COVID-19: The Truth inside Malta, Zanzibar and Madagascar | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Ocean islands are, undoubtedly, favorite destinations for foreign investors and tourists primarily due to the diverse marine resources. These islands have geopolitical strategic relationship with the world. Amid the global spread of the coronavirus, it has become important to look at and analyze the extent of the disease and its impact, particularly, on the economy […]
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Malta: Farmers who bank on potato exports face coronavirus uncertainty

Malta: Farmers who bank on potato exports face coronavirus uncertainty | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The exportation of Malta’s most important cash crop, the humble potato, has been thrown into uncertainty this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The crop is worth about €2 million a year to Malta’s farmers. But while they have started to harvest potatoes for export to countries like Holland and Germany, this year they fear a drop in both demand and prices.
The situation is “very fluid and uncertain”, according to Malcolm Borg, head of the farmers’ lobby group Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi.

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Cast adrift in a sea of challenges: perspectives from Maltese fishers

LIFE meets with different fishers from Malta to hear about their daily challanges and how they imagine the future of the sector.

The Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) is an umbrella organisation run by fishers for fishers. The aim of LIFE is to provide a clear and coherent voice at EU level for the previously mainly silent majority of European fishers, who are smaller scale and who use low impact fishing gears and methods, but have historically lacked dedicated and effective representation in Brussels and at Member State level.

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[WATCH] Central Link Project: Farmer's impassioned plea to stop destruction of agricultural land

[WATCH] Central Link Project: Farmer's impassioned plea to stop destruction of agricultural land | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The Planning Authority Board has approved the Central Link project in Attard with only three votes against from PN representative Marthese Portelli, NGO representative Annick Bonello and Attard local council member Giorgio Schembri
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Concreting of country pathways raises concern of NGOs

Concreting of country pathways raises concern of NGOs | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Friends of the Earth Malta together with eleven other environment NGOs are concerned by the use of concrete in various country pathways currently taking place in various localities in Malta and Gozo. The works are destroying the habitat for various species of flora and fauna including protected species and pollinators such as the hone
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Farmers giving up because they feel cheated, not because of hard work

Farmers giving up because they feel cheated, not because of hard work | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The problems prompting full-time farmers to give up on the career remain largely ignored, according to the founder of the farmers’ lobby group, Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi.

Quoting an Agricultural Ministry report which stated that up to 70 per cent of farming land is unused, Malcolm Borg pointed to the lack of traceability at the Pitkali vegetable market and the current construction boom as two of the main culprits for the “slow, agonising death” of the agricultural sector.

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There’s A Maltese NGO That’s Going To Help Achieve The UN Sustainable Development Goals - Lovin Malta

There’s A Maltese NGO That’s Going To Help Achieve The UN Sustainable Development Goals - Lovin Malta | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Resilient Communities is bringing civil society, business and the local government for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SOS Malta and CORE Platform are embarking on this pilot project that aims to raise awareness on the SDGs while shedding light on how you can take action in Malta.
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The Challenges of Small-Scale Fisherfolk In The Age of Total Efficiency

The Challenges of Small-Scale Fisherfolk In The Age of Total Efficiency | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The competition posed by industrial fishing turns artisanal fishers into powerless spectators whose lifestyle and wellbeing are sacrificed in the name of efficiency.
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MALTA: Agricultural land 'being killed off' to highest bidder

MALTA: Agricultural land 'being killed off' to highest bidder | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers are calling on the government to enforce a capping on prices of agricultural land, as budding growers are finding it impossible to acquire their own fields to till.
With one tumolo of land going for at least €40,000, and an average of 12 tumoli needed to start a full-time agribusiness, young farmers are expected to fork out half a million euros in land, over and above their investment in cultivation machinery and tools.

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MALTA: Wake up and smell the tarmac

MALTA: Wake up and smell the tarmac | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

About the struggle in Malta between farmland that is scarce and infrastructure and it's consequences for family farming.

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Malta: Kunserva producer increases farmers’ prices for tomatoes

Malta: Kunserva producer increases farmers’ prices for tomatoes | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A company that produces kunserva has promised farmers it will increase their remuneration for tomatoes by up to a fifth.
The pledge comes after farmers had threatened to cut their tomato supply if the “pittance” they receive for the produce is not improved. Vernons’ “consideration towards the hard work that goes into producing tomatoes” has earned them the endorsement of Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi (United Active Farmers), which is still calling on the other two local processors to pay farmers a “fair price”.

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Box of watermelons selling for €5, farmers ‘worse off’ than during lockdown

Box of watermelons selling for €5, farmers ‘worse off’ than during lockdown | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The market for fruit and vegetables is “abysmal”, according to the head of the farmers’ lobby group
“A box of watermelons is selling for around €5, which is a very, very low price,” said Malcolm Borg of the Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi.
“We don’t know why this is happening… possibly because people have had enough of cooking at home? What we do know it that farmers were much better off during COVID-19,” he said.

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Malta: Pandemic shows us local is best, and farmers are rising to the challenge

Malta: Pandemic shows us local is best, and farmers are rising to the challenge | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
COVID-19 reminds us how crucial farmers are in securing Malta’s fragile food supply. But will it be the wake-up call to farming from decline and concrete?

Jeanette Borg set up the Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation (MaYA) to protect the interests of young Maltese farmers, and she has been vocal about food security with her call to fully use Malta’s idle uncultivated fields by facilitating young farmers’ access to this land.

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Malta's Farmers given licence to sell directly to consumers

Malta's Farmers given licence to sell directly to consumers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers are being allowed to sell their produce directly to consumers. The government said it was giving them a temporary extension of the licence they hold to sell fruit and vegetables at the farmers’ market.
The new freedom to sell has already spawned an online map connecting farmer ...

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Farmers facing drought disaster

Farmers facing drought disaster | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Malta’s few remaining full-time farmers are living in constant fear that the island’s farming industry could soon cease to exist as extreme weather becomes the norm.
The country is in a state of drought and February is forecast to be the driest on record with just 0.6mm of rainfall recorded so far this month. George Mifsud, one of the estimated 150 remaining full-time farmers in the country, made a stark prediction about the future of his profession.

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“I was raised on the farm” - 11 life lessons from the field

“I was raised on the farm” - 11 life lessons from the field | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
By Suzanne Vella, Universe of Faith Some people grow up on a farm. Others have the love and passion for it, and start off something themselves. Joseph Farrugia, a village man from Żurrieq – Malta is one of the former. He says that “lessons from farming can be learnt both by those who make a …
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Farmers ruined by 'the system'

Farmers ruined by 'the system' | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
A group of Gozitan farmers and livestock breeders risk being forced to shut down their operations due to increasing expenses and an uneven playing field.
Six farmers spoke on how the number of people working in the sector has diminished drastically, and that those who remain in business onl
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'They see me on a tractor and look at me with disgust'

'They see me on a tractor and look at me with disgust' | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
This is the fourth article in a series about Malta's local food industry. Read the first, second and third articles. 
Aged 15, when most of her classmates were dreaming of a career in law, medicine and education, Alexandra Spagnol had only one thing on her mind – her family’s fields. In th
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Estimating Impacts of Land Use Change on Evapotranspiration for Three Agricultural Crops in Malta—A Preliminary Assessment | Fenech | Journal of Agricultural Science | CCSE

Estimating Impacts of Land Use Change on Evapotranspiration for Three Agricultural Crops in Malta—A Preliminary Assessment | Fenech | Journal of Agricultural Science | CCSE | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Estimating evapotranspiration is crucial for better management of catchment water resources. In this study, the FAO CropWat model was used to estimate reference evapotranspiration (ETo), crop evapotranspiration (ETc), and total gross water requirements for three economically important agricultural crops grown in Malta: potatoes, wheat, and vineyards for three years representative of a typically wet (2003), average (2009), and dry (2013) year. In addition, changes in ETc due to changes in land use were estimated for 2009 and 2013 relative to a 2003 baseline. Across all three years and crops, the average ETo rates were estimated to range between 3.7 mm day -1 (2003) and 4.0 mm day-1 (2013) while average ETc rates were estimated to range between 1.6 mm day-1 and 5.3 mm day-1, respectively. For all three years, the highest total gross water requirement was estimated for wheat, reaching a maximum of 1450 mm in 2013. The results suggest that changes in land use between 2003 and 2013 were the main driver for changes in crop water demand. Differences in water demand compared to 2003 were estimated to range between -38% and 60%. This could have a substantial impact on the future sustainability of Malta’s increasingly constrained water resources.
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Bluefin Tuna in Malta: Slime is the Least of the Problems

Bluefin Tuna in Malta: Slime is the Least of the Problems | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The Bluefin tuna policy has deeper ramifications than ‘slime’ in our swimming zones. The consequences of the policy have an impact on the ecosystems, the socio-economic profile of the fishing communities, the diving industry and the Maltese social fabric at large.
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