Farmers’ Organisations

Farmers’ Organisations

Introduction

Farmer organisations can take several forms of legal structures. The most common legal entities are; cooperatives, producer organisations, and producer groups. Producer organisations are the main actors within the EU agricultural sector.


Producer Organisations 

A Producer Organisation (PO) is composed of a group of producers with the aims to reduce operating costs, achieve a better market position, reducing market volatility, and be environmentally sustainable.


How does it work?

A PO is made up of individual growers who work together, democratically to grow and market their produce. A PO must aim to manage and market 100% of its members produce, although exceptions might apply. Just like an enterprise, a PO shall follow a business plan or an operational programme which is regulated by national and EU law.


Setting up of a Producer Organisation

To be recognised as a PO the group of producers must be a recognised legal entity (i.e. cooperative, ltd. etc.) and be composed of at least 5 members with a minimum value of marketed production (VMP) of 100,000 euro per annum (CAP 447).


The Agriculture Directorate manages the recognition process of a PO through the application of National law:

​And EU Regulations:




For the application of recognition of Producer Organisations and Producer Groups in the wine sector please click here

Rikonoxximent bħala Grupp ta' Produtturi jew Organizzazzjoni tal-Produtturi għad-Dwieli Għafas hawn

For the application for recognition of Producer organisations and Producer groups in the fruit and vegetable sector please click here

Rikonoxximent bħala Grupp ta' Produtturi jew Organizzazzjoni tal-Produtturi għal Frott u Ħaxix Għafas hawn​

For the application for recognition of Producer organisations and Producer groups ‘ other products’ please click here

Rikonoxximent bħala Grupp ta' Produtturi jew Organizzazzjoni tal-Produtturi għal Prodotti Oħra Għafas hawn

For any other information you may require such as membership forms and ineligible actions, please send an email on agri-inspect.mafa@gov.mt

For any further information contact our front office on: agriconnect.mafa@gov.mt​

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