Olive tree cultivation and olive oil production

Olive tree cultivation and olive oil production

Close up of olive tree with olives 

Production of olive oil

The olive oil sector in Malta has old origins and although being small, local farmers produce distinct olive oil, which is appreciated in the local market and by foreigners alike. In this regard, several olive mills were approved, for the production of Olive Oil, whereby such registration is necessary for the required monitoring and controls of this product. The aim of the Agriculture Directorate is to ensure traceability of olive oil products on the local market and strengthen the consumers' confidence in Maltese Olive products. 


The traceability system adopted by the Directorate is to account for olive growers and olive oil producers. Such system requires for the identification and registration of olive groves. Furthermore a traceability system is to established and monitored by the Directorate that follows through the olive oil processors.

Olive Growers

1. The registration of olive groves Reġistrazzjoni tas-Siġar taż-Żebbuġ  these can be done through dedicated eforms or directly at the Agri-Connect Front Office. Olive growers must submit  by the 31st December of each year a duly signed and completed harvest declaration on the prescribed form . The declaration must be accompanied by copies of original receipts showing the amount of olives sold or delivered to individual olive oil producers.

2. Compilation of yearly Olive harvest declarations   Dikjarazzjoni tal-Ħsad Annwali taż-Żebbuġ​ which can also be compiled through the dedicated eforms or submitted directly at one of the Agri-Connect offices.

Olive oil Producers

1. Yearly application for the licence to produce olive oil Liċenzja Kummerċjali għall-Produzzjoni taż-Żejt taż-Żebbuġa such application for certification can be compiled on the dedicated eforms or submitted directly to one of the Agri-Connect Offices.

Applications can be found here :  EN | MT

Legal basis 

Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 – establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007. 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 29/2012 - on marketing standards for olive oil. 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1335/2013 - amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 29/2012 on marketing standards for olive oil. 

Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2568/91 - characteristics of olive oil and olive-residue oil and on the relevant methods of analysis. 

Additional Information:

List of certified producers 

Attrans Ltd.             p.j.attard@attrans.com
BSS                                              info@bezzbros.com
Golden Extracts/Tal-Kancillier     info@goldenextracts.com
Gozo Cottage             marketing@gozocottage.com
San Niklaw             t_cauchi@go.net.mt
Ta' Manduca                                kola.schembri61@gmail.com​
Ta' Mena Agri LTD     joseph@tamena-gozo.com
Fr Jose Debono     jose.debono@um.edu.mt
Ramla Valley             ramlavalley@gmail.com​
MonteKristo Estate                     daviddebono58@gmail.com​


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