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Producer Groups & Producer Organisations

Objective:

Producer Groups and Producer Organisations are set up to pursue at least one of the aims below:

  1. Ensuring that production is planned and adjusted to demand, particularly in terms of quality and quantity; 
  2. Concentration of supply and the placing on the market of the products produced by its members, including through direct marketing; 
  3. Optimising production costs and returns on investments in response to environmental and animal welfare standards, and stabilising producer prices; 
  4. Carrying out research and developing initiatives on sustainable production 
  5. Methods, innovative practices, economic competitiveness and market developments;
  6. Promoting, and providing technical assistance for, the use of environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques, and sound animal welfare practices and techniques; 
  7. Promoting, and providing technical assistance for, the use of production standards, improving product quality and developing products with a protected designation of origin, with a protected geographical indication or covered by a national quality label; 
  8. The management of by-products and of waste in particular to protect the quality of water, soil and landscape and preserving or encouraging biodiversity; 
  9. Contributing to a sustainable use of natural resources and to climate change mitigation;
  10. Developing initiatives in the area of promotion and marketing;
  11. Managing of the mutual funds referred to in operational programmes in the fruit and vegetables sector referred to in point (d) of Article 33(3) of this Regulation and under Article 36 of Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013;
  12. Providing the necessary technical assistance for the use of the futures markets and of insurance schemes. Through the setup of Producer Groups and Producer Organisations, individual farmers, on their own initiative, group up to establish a stronger marketing strategy, thus improvising on the competitiveness and value of their produce.

Legal Basis/Legal Reference:

National:

European:

  • Council Regulation 1308/2013 establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation).
  • Commission Regulation 543/2011  laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 in respect of the fruit and vegetables, and processed fruit and vegetables sectors.
  • Commission delegated regulation 891/2017 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors and supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to penalties to be applied in those sectors and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 543/2011
  • Commission Implementing Regulation 892/2017  laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors

Directorates Role:

The Agriculture Directorate serves to promote the setting-up of stable producer groups/organisations capable of making a lasting contribution to the attainment of the objective(s).

The Agriculture Directorate is the competent authority that receives and evaluates applications through recommendations made by the PO Board for the recognition of Producer Groups and Producer Organisations. In order to help achieve the goals the Competent Authority through administrative and On the Spot checks ensures that producer organisations carry out their work in a sustainable and effective way as per provisions laid down in the regulation. Primarily through the realisation of the implementation of approved Recognition plans and Operational Programmes, and that there should be stability within the Organisations.

Producer Organisation Board (POB)

Introduction:

The Producer Organisation Board (POB) is appointed by the Minister of the Ministry responsible for Agriculture in accordance with EC Regulation 543/2011 and Legal Notice 23​3 of 2011, Producer Organisation Board.

Objective:

The main objectives of the Producer Organisation Board include:-

  1. Advising the Director on any matter relating to granting of recognition to producer organisations or producer groups;
  2. Advising the Director on decisions to be taken on any matter arising from any application submitted in terms of any regulations made under the Act;
  3. advising the Director on any measures to be taken on any matter in connection with the monitoring of producer organisations and producer groups, including recommending the review of a particular producer organisation's operation and recommending spot-checks or thorough investigations;
  4. Advising the Director on any measures to be taken in connection with cases of non-compliance including the possible withdrawal of recognition;
  5. Making proposals to the Director regarding the initiation of reviews and audits;
  6. Making proposals to the Director regarding the adoption and implementation of Manuals of Procedure to regulate the procedures to be undertaken by the Directorate with respect to the recognition of producer organisations and the monitoring and review of their operations;
  7. Making proposals to the Director for the publication of guidelines on the setting up and operation of producer groups and producer organisations; and
  8. Advising the Director on any other matter in connection with producer organisations as may be requested by the Director

GUIDELINES:

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