AgriConnect-FAS

AgriConnect-FAS

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​Overview


In recent years, a substantial number of Maltese farmers have encountered notable challenges in meeting and sustaining compliance with the intricate requirements of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). AgriConnect is registered to operate as a Farm Advisory Service, with the primary objective of ensuring farmers achieve and maintain compliance with such regulations.

AgriConnect offers a range of complimentary services designed to assist farmers and livestock breeders in overcoming operational obstacles and technical issues they may encounter. This is accomplished by assistance with tailored information and consultative guidance, aimed at fostering diversification within their agricultural practices, enhancing product quality, and stimulating innovation within the sector. Furthermore, AgriConnect seeks to establish a robust collaborative framework connecting farmers with relevant stakeholders in the rural sector.

In partnership with AGRIHUB, AgriConnect is actively engaged in adapting to and implementing new practices, processes, and technologies that address contemporary and future challenges confronting the agricultural sector. The overarching goal is to enhance overall agricultural methods, boost productivity, and concurrently preserve the environment and biodiversity. 





Farmer controlling grass growth with a grass cutter

 


​Conditionality – GAEC SMR’s


Farmers and livestock breeders who qualify for subsidies under both Pillar I and Pillar II of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as administered by the Agriculture and Rural Payments Agency, are obligated to adhere to the requirements of Conditionality. The latter are particularly designed to uphold environmental integrity, safeguard public health, and ensure the welfare of both plants and animals.

AgriConnect plays a pivotal role in assisting these farmers by pro-actively identifying any challenges they may encounter in meeting these stringent regulations. Moreover, AgriConnect provides expert guidance and tailored recommendations, empowering farmers to navigate and effectively comply with the prevailing regulatory standards, thereby fostering a harmonious coexistence between agricultural practices and the environment, public health, and animal welfare.


Record Keeping 


AgriConnect extends its support to farmers and livestock breeders by assisting them in maintaining meticulous records for their agricultural holdings. Accurate record-keeping is essential for monitoring and managing various aspects of farming operations, including crop rotations, pest and disease management, input utilization, and financial transactions. This practice not only ensures compliance but also enhances operational efficiency and decision-making.


A rubble wall in bad condition -  A Cross Compliance breach 
  


Agri-Environmental Climate Measures (AECMs)

AgriConnect actively promotes agri-environmental climate change initiatives, which encompass voluntary measures undertaken by conscientious farmers. These measures are underpinned by a compensation system that accounts for the costs incurred and income forgone as a direct result of implementing environmentally friendly practices. While the conceptualization and execution of these measures may appear straightforward, the critical aspect lies in ensuring rigorous adherence to the established compliance standards.

Farmers engaged in these endeavours can anticipate a multifaceted support system from AgriConnect. Foremost among these offerings is the comprehensive dissemination of knowledge regarding the diverse array of available agri-environmental climate change measures. These measures are meticulously tailored to align with the unique characteristics of each farmer's holdings and their specific agronomic practices. AgriConnect assumes the role of an informed advisor, guiding farmers through the intricate landscape of options, enabling them to make informed decisions that resonate with their operational preferences and the prevailing environmental context.

Through these initiatives, AgriConnect not only strives to enhance the sustainability and resilience of agricultural operations but also contributes to broader efforts in mitigating the impacts of climate change. By promoting the uptake of these voluntary measures, AgriConnect plays a pivotal role in facilitating a harmonious coexistence between agricultural practices and the imperative need for environmental preservation, all while providing farmers with the tools and knowledge necessary to adapt to evolving agricultural paradigms in an environmentally responsible manner. 


Agri-environmental-Climate Commitment 5 (AECC5) – Soil Management Plan


The aim of this measure is to improve the quality of soil by addressing the three main threats, namely, the low levels of organic matter, soil compaction and soil erosion. Farmers engaged for AECC5 commitments are obliged to follow several commitments including parcel area of not less than 0.112Ha, record keeping, soil organic matter analyses, submit a soil management plan, dispose of composting site, a 3-month uncultivated period and not less than 1% and 3% organic matter levels respectively for arable and irrigated land. 

Agriconnect strives to provide beneficiaries with advice for improving soil fertility. This can only be achieved by enhancing the soil structure, water-holding capacity, biological activity, and air/water infiltration rates.  Our dedicated team of agronomists equips farmers with SMP, and soil analyses attributed to organic matter levels to beneficiaries on a yearly basis. 


Crop Compensation 


AgriConnect plays a pivotal role in facilitating the equitable disbursement of crop compensation in situations involving the loss of agricultural land, whether attributable to infrastructural development projects or government expropriation initiatives. Our dedicated personnel assume the critical responsibility of overseeing and conducting comprehensive crop compensation assessments, particularly in scenarios where infrastructural projects, such as the construction of roads or the installation of new water and electricity services, stand to affect arable fields.
These assessments are meticulously executed to ascertain the precise monetary compensation that individual farmers are entitled to receive as recompense for the loss incurred in their crop yields. Our commitment to accuracy and fairness ensures that farmers are justly compensated for their agricultural land's utilisation in the context of broader developmental and public policy objectives.




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Animal medication records - an SMR requirement 
  


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Training/Courses at Agriconnect

At Agriconnect, our unwavering commitment to excellence is exemplified through our training programs, which serve as a cornerstone in empowering our farmers to not only meet but exceed their legal obligations. Our comprehensive training initiatives are meticulously designed to ensure farmers' compliance in relation to Conditionality regulations while equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge needed to achieve the objectives outlined in Rural Development Plan measures, they have engaged with.

Our dedicated team of trainers, integral to the Agriconnect family, undergo regular refresher courses to guarantee the highest quality service delivery. All courses offered under the Agriconnect banner are certified and fully compliant with the regulations stipulated by the pertinent government departments.

Currently, our training portfolio encompasses a diverse range of vital areas, including Agri Environmental Climate Measures, Nitrates obligations, and Plant Protection Products. Upon successful completion of our training programs, participants receive a recognised certificate, an asset that facilitates their engagement with various facets of farming, such as applying for measures, achieving compliance with legal commitments, and obtaining the requisite licenses and documentation to seamlessly continue their agricultural practices.

At Agriconnect, we firmly believe that training serves as the foundational cornerstone for the effective implementation of legislation and agricultural measures. Beyond certification, we provide comprehensive support materials to our farmers, ensuring that they are well-equipped and fully supported on their journey towards achieving their agricultural goals. Our commitment to excellence in training underscores our dedication to elevating the agricultural sector's standards and fostering success among our valued farmers.




Maltese agricultural landscape 
  

​IPM


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) refers to the careful consideration of all available plant protection methods and the subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of harmful organisms. To minimize risks to human health and the environment, the use of Plant protection products (PPP’s) and other forms of intervention must be kept to levels that are economically and ecologically justified. The ultimate goal of IPM is to produce a healthy crop with the least amount of interruption to agro ecosystems while promoting alternative pest control methods. 

The main objective of adopting IPM approach is to maintain good yields in crop production while reducing some of the negative effects that may be caused by excessive use of certain chemicals. 

The IPM approach involves the identification of pests as well as the assessment of the damage that these may lead to. Intervention/s methods through IPM should preferably be physical, mechanical and/or biological, and it is then when chemical treatments should be considered to avoid crop losses. In this way, IPM proves to be an effective pest management practice in preventing and controlling pests and diseases outbreaks without the use of excessive pesticides that may be of detriment to the environment economically viable through crop production. 

Through IPM, AgriConnect strives to enhance the sustainability and resilience of agricultural operations by providing guidelines for farmers to follow. This contributes to a better pests and diseases control regime and avoiding chemical build up resistance. For an effective IPM strategy, the understanding of the local environmental conditions is of upmost importance.  


Fertiliser Plans


Fertiliser plans are the foundation for addressing nutrient requirements in crop production. Fertiliser planning is a data-driven process that follows soil analyses. Once the nutrient content of the soil is established, a comprehensive fertiliser plan is developed. This plan is developed according to the specific nutrient requirements of the crop varieties grown. By aligning the fertiliser strategies with crop requirements, farmers can optimise yields while minimizing excess nutrient applications, contributing to sustainable and efficient agricultural practices.


Crop Plan


Crop planning involves a meticulous analysis of various factors such as plant selection, timing of planting, spatial requirements, water management, maturation periods, crop rotation and compatibility among different crops. This comprehensive approach enables farmers to make informed decisions regarding what to plant, when to plant, where to plant, and how different crops can coexist synergistically within their agricultural practices.


Soil & Water Analyses


Soil & water analyses is a fundamental step in optimizing agricultural productivity. It entails the collection of samples from the field and water sources for subsequent laboratory analysis. These tests encompass the evaluation of essential soil parameters, including Total Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium levels. The results offer invaluable insights into soil health, enabling farmers to make informed decisions about nutrient management.




Land Archive Research


AgriConnect offers a unique service involving historical research in land archives. This service leverages old field plans and historical records to trace the historical custodians of specific parcels of land. This information can be invaluable for understanding the historical land use patterns, property ownership, and land tenure history. Such insights contribute to informed decision-making and may even hold significance in legal and property-related matters.

By offering these supplementary services, AgriConnect empowers farmers with a holistic approach to agriculture, encompassing not only compliance but also optimizing resource utilization, crop management, and historical context, thereby contributing to the overall sustainability and success of farming operations.​




Click here to download the AgriConnect Information Leaflet – MT Version 
Click here​ to download the AgriConnect Information Leaflet – ENG Version



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Contact


 Telephone  +356 21804981/2/4
Address :

Agriconnect, Pitkali Markets, Ta Qali L/O Attard ATD4000
AgriConnect, Civic Centre, Ċawsli Street, Zabbar ZBR1322    
AgriConnect, 10, Triq Tas-Salib, Mellieħa MLH1438


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