Il-Ġimgħa 8 ta’ Settembru 2023, il-Pixkerija ser tkun miftuha normali bħas-soltu.
Nhar is-Sibt 29 ta’ Lulju, nistidnukom tingħaqdu magħna u mad-Direttorat għall-Promozzjoni tas-Saħħa u Prevenzjoni tal-mard, ġewwa l-Farmers Market Kottonera, fi Triq il-Ġublew tal-Fidda, Birgu.
Id-Direttorat għall-Promozzjoni tas-Saħħa u Prevenzjoni tal-mard ser ikunu preżenti biex jaqsmku magħkom informazzjoni, kif ukoll ser ikunu qed iqassmu xi affarijiet lill-konsumaturi. Narawkom.
Il-Ministru Anton Refalo ħabbar it-tnedija ta’ proġett pilota, hekk kif imwiegħed fil-manifest elettorali, li permezz tiegħu ser jsaħħaħ u jkompli jagħti identità lill-prodott lokali tal-bdiewa Maltin u Għawdxin.
Permezz tal-proġett pilota, ser jiġi introdott tikkettar li jidentifika l-istabbilimenti li jagħmlu użu minn prodotti lokali. Fost dawn l-istabbilimenti hemm ristoranti, ħwienet tal-merċa u anke agri-turiżmu li jbiegħu, jipproċessaw jew iservu ħaxix li jkun tkabbar b’metodi li jkollhom ftit jew xejn impatt fuq l-ambjent.
Malta Food Agency, established in 2021, is built around three pillars, which are markets, business development and digitalisation, with the aim of achieving the vision of “leading quality and valuable local food products to different markets”.
Even if still in its inception, it has already attained a number of achievements towards local food producers and society. One of these is the implementation of a holistic reform within the Ta’ Qali Fruit and Vegetables Market, also known as Pitkalija.
As a result, Malta Food Agency’s achievements have been recognised by different local organisations.
These include the National Supporting Business Awards 2022 for the category “Supporting the sustainable transition”, for the transition process achieved through the Pitkalija reform. The award came with a donation of €8,000, which the agency forwarded to the Equal Partners Foundation.
The agency was also awarded the Best Use of Technology in Business Transformation Award for the digital transformation achieved in the aforementioned reform. The eBusiness Awards organised by Tech.mt aim to acknowledge unique and innovative ideas and initiatives in the use of web-based technologies and eBusiness for businesses and society at large. Read more
The Malta Food Agency has teamed up with Soup Kitchen in the ‘Save the Food’ app, an excellent initiative to help reduce food waste and support local communities.
Through this app, fruit and vegetables that remain inside the Pitkalija will be donated to entities distributing food to those in need.
This initiative goes hand in hand with the agency’s strategy to reduce food waste and the digitalisation strategy so that the agency continues to operate transparently and effectively with new technologies.
The Malta Food Agency is introducing a new labelling initiative in a pilot project for watermelons sold in the Pitkalija.
This label will serve as a clear indication to consumers that the watermelons they are buying are grown locally.
By implementing this label, we aim to instil trust in consumers, assuring them that they are supporting our hardworking farmers who strive to deliver the best products in our markets.
This project represents one of the many efforts being undertaken by the Malta Food Agency to deliver quality and valuable local food products to different markets.
Our future plans include expanding and adapting this project to include other products in our continued commitment to promoting local agriculture
After Imnarja, this morning our employees shared donations of fruit and vegetables to two NGOs; to St Patrick’s Salesian School and to the homes in the Richmond Foundation community/hostels.
Well done and thanks to the farmers who passed on their produce so that after the exhibition in Mnarja, to promote the local product, they donated the product to help those in need.
We participated in a conference organized by MCCAA on quality marks that protect the origin and geographical indications of food products.
Malta Food Agency looks forward to working with local producers and helping them to apply for PDO, PGI and TSG marks.
Interested producers can contact us on: [email protected]
During Foodex Japan 2023, the largest annual food trade show in Asia, the Malta Food Agency participated in the EU pavilion with local food products including Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Tomato Paste and Honey. The products where showcased and used in tasting sessions, promoting the products and the quality of Maltese food products.
The Malta Food Agency will continue to promote local food products and encourage local food producers to get in touch with us so that together we can find opportunities.