Malta - Agriculture



Malta's agricultural sector is small and only accounts for about 2.8 percent of GDP, but it is diverse. In 1999 only 5 percent of workers were employed in agriculture and there were only about 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) of land under irrigation. In 1998 agricultural exports totaled US$42.1 million, but imports totaled US$304 million. Since 1995 agriculture has declined annually. In 1997 the decline was 10.3 percent, and in 1998 the decline was 11.6 percent.

Most farms are small and privately owned. Most of the crops and foodstuffs produced are consumed domestically. The main crops are potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, and green peppers. Potatoes are by far the main crop and accounted for 32,000 metric tons of the total agricultural output of 38,000 metric tons. Medigrain, a Maltese company, annually imports about 50,000 tons of wheat, which is then sold to local bakeries and restaurants. It has silo capacity to hold 86,000 metric tons of grain. The company also acts as a trans-shipment agent for the distribution of imported grain to other countries. Livestock production includes beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit, and turkey. The main livestock exports are prepared meat products and fish.

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Andre Hendricks
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Mar 8, 2019 @ 9:09 am
I produce 2500 sheep per annum on I ha of land. Is there any farmer in Malta who is willing to join me in an intensive sheep farming business to produce 10,000 sheep per annum for the Maltese market?
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Mohan
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Jun 9, 2019 @ 9:09 am
How malta population meet their vegetable requirements
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Abhishek Jadav
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Sep 4, 2019 @ 3:03 am
Is it possible to start Agriculture in Malta for other nations.
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Mushtaq Ali
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Sep 6, 2019 @ 12:12 pm
Mr Andre Hendricks, would you like to contact.
Can a foreigner invest in agriculture or farming sector?
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MOIZ KAZI
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Sep 14, 2019 @ 3:03 am
i want to start new setup with farming...
i m Pakistani
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Anngee
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Dec 30, 2019 @ 4:16 pm
You forgot to mention pumpkin
Malta grows a lot of pumpkins
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shirin Akther
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May 22, 2020 @ 1:13 pm
Is it possible to start agriculture in Malta for other nations?

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