Common Market Organisation

The EU financial support under the common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (CMO) is provided through two different schemes in Malta, described below.

Aid to Beekeepers

Honeybees constitute an invaluable resource to the local agricultural community and also to the wider environment. This is mainly due to the fact that they are known to be important pollinators of many horticultural crops and wild flora. The Maltese Islands have long enjoyed a reputation for the high quality of honey that honeybees produce, especially the wild thyme honey (Thymus capitatus) variety from the garigue terrains of the North-western parts of the Maltese Islands.

Environmental degradation and the spread of disease, including in particular the spread of varroasis, are serious problems being faced by local beekeepers and which contribute to declining bee populations and reduction of honey yields. Declining bee populations subsequently also have a detrimental effect on agricultural production.

Against this backdrop, an ‘Aid to Beekeepers’ scheme was set up offering financial and other support for the control of varroasis, rationalisation of transhumance, support laboratories that analyse honey, restocking of hives, provide support through technical assistance for training materials, publications and seminars to beekeepers and grouping of beekeepers, and cooperation with specialized bodies for the implementation of applied research programmes in the field of beekeeping and apiculture products. 

This scheme has a budget of €16,666 per year and is co-funded by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the Government of Malta at a rate of 50%.

School Scheme 2017-2023

Children’s consumption of fruit, vegetables and milk in Malta has slowly been declining over the past years. A low intake of fruit and vegetables contributes to a poor diet which in turn, may be one of the key elements of obesity, long recognised as the cause of several diseases. Milk and milk products are widely known to contain important vitamins and minerals and are considered to form an important part of a balanced diet, whilst also being requisites for a healthy lifestyle. Research indicates that a low intake of milk contributes to a poor diet and this is one of the key contributing elements to obesity and is also known to exacerbate various other ailments.

Within this context, Malta’s National Strategy is to encourage healthy lifestyles and the creation of a social environment that supports health while complementing strategies being adopted by the National Health Authorities. In this regard, the School Scheme 2017-2023, has the overall objective of organising and implementing a focused national campaign aimed at substantially increasing the share of fruit, vegetables and milk in children’s diets as they are growing up and when their eating and drinking habits are still developing. This represents an investment in the future, primarily by helping to avoid or reduce health-related expenditure resulting from ailments caused by a poor diet. Thus, within this broad objective, the School Scheme provides for weekly free distribution of fresh fruit and/or vegetable and milk products to all children aged between 3 and 11 years, whose schools are participating in the scheme, being state and non-state schools. This scheme is being co-financed by the European Union through the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF), and by the Maltese Government.

Schools interested in participating in this scheme are to first get the necessary consent from the parents / carers of the students, then fill in and submit the necessary participation forms, which indicate the number of portions required. For further information concerning this scheme you may contact the Agriculture and Rural Payments Agency (ARPA) at

Click on the banner below to view submissions by children participation in the School Scheme Mascot Competition.

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