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Olive Production & Cultivation

Introduction

The olive oil sector in Malta, albeit having a long history in olive cultivation and olive oil pressing, is still a developing sector, which is however gaining renewed interest. In the last decade, several olive mills were established. Measures are being undertaken by the Agriculture Directorate to strengthen this sector and introduce transparent quality standards, and a control system to ensure quality and authenticity of local produce.

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the Agricultural Directorate are to:

  • To keep and periodically update a Register of Olive Growers
  • The aim of the Agriculture Directorate is to ensure quality and traceability of olive oil products on the local market and strengthen the consumers' confidence in Maltese Olive products.

LEGAL BASIS:

The  Olive and Olive oil are regulated by the following Regulations:

National Legislation

Legal Notice 66 of 2014 Supplies and Services Act

EU Regulations

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Approved Olive Oil Processors
for 2019 - 2020

Attrans Ltd

Attrans Depot, Triq l-Mdina, Haż-Żebbuġ, Malta ŻBG9018

BSS Ltd

BSS Ltd., Triq Aldo Moro, Marsa, Malta, MRS9065

Ramla Valley

5, Triq Għajn Qasab, Nadur, Gozo  NDR 9088

Gozo Cottage

Gozitano Complex, Triq l-Imġarr, Xewkija, Gozo  XWK 9014

Ta’ Mena Experience

Ta Mena Estate, Triq ir-Rabat, Xagħra, Gozo XRA 9010

Ta' Manduca Farmhouse

Manduca Farmhouse, Triq Ta Manduca, Siggiewi Malta​


DIRECTORATE'S ROLE:

The Directorate performs several tasks in order to monitor and control the olive oil sector and ensure that laws on the production of olive oil are enforced on the national territory:

  • An Olive Register (Registration Form for Olive Growers (For Olive Growers)) is maintained for the purpose of ensuring that up-to-date information regarding the farmers who cultivate olive trees, the areas that are planted with olive trees in Malta and Gozo and the olive varieties that are cultivated is kept. The information that is contained within this register is utilised by the Agriculture Directorate for statistical purposes, in order to monitor olive plantings and olive oil and table olive production as well as to maintain a record of all the farmers who grow olive trees. It is also used for control purposes.
  • Data on the yearly olive harvest and olive oil and table olive production is collected from olive growers through the Olive Harvest Declaration Form.

Important Information 

  • No person can harvest olives for commercial production of oil or olive oil olives if that person is not registered with the Agricultural Directorate. (Registration Form for Olive Growers. 
  • By the 31st December of each year, olive growers shall submit a signed and completed Harvest Declaration to the Agricultural Directorate. The declaration must be accompanied by copies of original receipts showing the amounts of olives sold and delivered to each producer of olive oil. (Olive Harvest Declaration Form)
  • Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of Regulation (LN 66 of 2014) shall be guilty of an offense and shall be liable to a fine (multi) and if so requested by the prosecution shall, together with any other penalty, order the offender to a term of imprisonment. 

For relevant application forms and information sheets, please Click Here​

Downloads


Record book / Ktieb tar-Rekords    -  Olive Oil Producers are obliged to keep necessary records as listed in the Olive Oil Record Book to ensure proper traceability of olive oil. DOA officers has the right to request a copy of the Olive Oil Record Book at any time and if necessary corresponding delivery receipts, or invoices must be provided. 

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