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Nitrates Action Programme

Objective:

Upon accession to the EU Malta, as all other Member States was obliged to ensure compliance with the Nitrates Directive 91/676/EEC. This Directive lays down provisions that are specific to the protection of waters against pollution caused by Nitrates (organic- manure/slurry and inorganic fertilisers) from agricultural sources.

The general provisions pertaining to the objective of this table are summarised in Table 1.

​1    ​Identify vulnerable zones
​2 ​Establish Action Programmes should include measures to limit the land-application of all nitrogen-containing fertilizers and in particular to set specific limits for the application of livestock manure
​3 ​Monitor waters and to apply reference methods of measurement for nitrogen compounds to ensure that measures are effective
​4 ​Establish a (Nitrates ) Committee to assist the Commission on  matters relating to the implementation of this Directive
​5 ​Establish a code or codes of good agricultural practice, to be implemented by farmers on a voluntary basis
​6 ​Set up where necessary a programme, including the provision of training and information for farmers, promoting the application of the code(s) of good agricultural practice.
​7 ​Draw up and implement suitable monitoring programmes to assess the effectiveness of action programmes.
 
In compliance with Article 12 of the Directive, under the Environment Protection Act Malta has brought into force S.L 549.66 which provides for the administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive this was also complimented with a review of the Action Programme in 2011.


Legal Basis

National

S.L 549.66: Nitrates Action Programme Regulations

Nitrates Action Programme

Pjan Ta’Azzjoni dwar in-Nitrati

The Maltese Code of Good Agricultural Practice


E.U. Directive

Nitrates Directive 91/676/EEC​

Directorate's Role:

The Agriculture Directorate is the Competent Authority in ensuring the implementation of the obligations Malta as Member State has with regards to the protection of groundwater from Nitrate Contamination specifically from agricultural sources.

Lodging a report:

Record Keeping

Record keeping pertinent to the Nitrates Directive is established as provisions laid down in Regulation 12 of S.L. 549.66

To facilitate farmers to reach the objective in ensuring compliance to such obligations a standard policy is to be adopted for:

  • Controllers from the Nitrates Action Unit (Agriculture Directorate) and Control Unit (Paying Agency - Cross Compliance) in making checks to ensure farm management records are being properly maintained
  • Availability/accessibility for farmers to refer to templates (from website)

It is to be clear that there is no legal obligation that farmer/livestock breeder must by force use such templates, rather, these templates will be used as a guidance procedure. In complying with the requirement stipulating that; Farmers shall keep adequate and updated farm management records, and shall make them readily available for inspection to the Department upon request.

Farm management records shall include the following information, as applicable:

a) the farmer for the calendar year in question;

(To be indicated on every sheet submitted applicable both livestock and land based)

b) the total agricultural area including the size and location of each field;

(This is to be available on approved fertiliser plans through the calculation performed on the IT system)

c) the cropping regimes and their individual areas;

(This is to be available in the system through the issuing of approved fertiliser plans)

d) the number of livestock kept on the holding, their species and type and the length of time for which they were kept on the holding;

(Information to be made available from the herd book, important that this is kept up to date)

((Applicable only to livestock owners))

e) the capacity of livestock manure storage, and where applicable the details of rented storage, livestock manure production, manure separation, the details of any rental or contractual agreement;

  • certificate of warranted architect having details of the manure clamp and cesspit
  • Livestock manure production- farmer has indication of calculation as per annex V of NAP (annex II)​
  • Manure separation- any records of technical information pertaining to use of manure separation, eg. Electricity used vis-a-vis rate of separation per hour.

(Applicable only livestock)

f) the quantity of each type of fertiliser moved on or off the holding, the amount of each type of fertiliser applied, the nutrient content of the inorganic fertiliser, the location used;

g) the date of movement of farm manure, the name and address of the consignee, the consignor and any third party transporter of the manure.


Advisors & Technical Experts

​Regulation 18(j) of S.L 549.66 requires the Competent Authority to have a List of Advisors and technical experts.

These advisors and technical experts would be recognised by the Directorate as competent person to provide advice and technical input in the compilation of Fertiliser Plans that is to be carried out in line with Regulation 4 of S.L 549.66.

Any person interested to attain recognition from the Director to be included in the list of Advisors and Technical experts is to contact the relevant officials.

 List of Advisors and Technical Experts

Name​

Mobile

Email

Certificate No

Date of First Registration

Mr Jonathan Falzon

99834244

jonathan.falzon@gmail.com

TA2

11th March 2016

Mr Tony Meli

79904181

 

TA4

30th May 2016

Mr Anthony Muscat

21553943

muscat.anthony@gmail.com

TA5

10th July 2018

Dr Daniel Sultana

79041088

danielsultana@gmail.com

TA6

3rd August 2018

Ms Sonya Sammut

79406226

sonyasammut@gmail.com

TA7

27th August 2018

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Approved Training Courses - For the Use of Organic & Inorganic Fertilisers

In line with Regulation 13(2) if S.L 549.66 the Agriculture Directorate organises periodical courses on the use of fe​​rtilisers. Anyone interested in attending one of these course can apply here.​


​General Information:

For futher information, contact:


Registering parcels in the Nitrates Registry:

To Register your parcels within the Nitrates Registry kindly contact Front Office: on 2292 6162.

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