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Acquisition and ownership of agricultural land reform


From: Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights
(Agriculture Directorate)
​Published: ​4 October 2022
Running till: ​8 November 2022
​Last Updated: ​21 December 2022

Original Consultation

1.        Background​

In line with the Electoral Manifesto Promise 582
“Ser nirrevedu u naġġornaw il-liġijiet tal-qbiela sabiex niggarantixxu li l-art agrikola tibqa’ tinħadem minn bdiewa u tipproduċi l-ikel, b’rispett lejn id-drittijiet tas-sidien tal-art u l-ħtieġa li l-kera tirrifletti ż-żminijiet tal-lum” a white paper is being submitted with a concrete proposal to address this issue.

The aim of the proposed reform is to regulate the agricultural land market in the public interest in a legitimate and proportionate manner so as to make it fair to all parties, reduce speculation, protect rural areas and above all support farming in the focus of its importance in the food supply.
  Several control measures in the field of agricultural land acquisition and ownership are being proposed.  Some of these measures bring about changes in   pre-existing mechanisms, while others, such as those directed towards the control of the price of the lease of agricultural land, are being introduced for the first time.


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